Time for pensioners to get off their sofas – your country needs you

“Restricting access to migrant workers once the UK leaves the EU would negatively impact the profitability, efficiency and viability of more than half of rural businesses, according a new survey by the CLA.

Revealing the results on 8 June, the CLA which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses said Brexit had already caused problems for rural employers, with 44% of CLA members surveyed saying they had experienced a reduction in the availability of migrant labour over the past year. Almost 90% of respondents tried to recruit locally but the majority found it difficult to fill positions with British workers. …”


Owl says: But surely we have already been given a solution by a former Conservative agriculture minister who said that young, fit migrant workers should be replaced by pensioners:


Community Business Fund

The £10 million Community Business Fund is open oJune until 5 July at 12 midday.

Grants between £50,000 and £300,000 are available to community businesses in England to help them progress towards self sufficiency. The £10 million Community Business Fund from Power to Change opened on 7 June and will close on 5 July 2017.

Community businesses are run by local people for local people. They can revive local assets, protect the services people rely on, and address local needs. There are many types of community business. What they all have in common is that they are inclusive and give decision making power to local people and that the profits they generate flow back into the community to deliver positive local impact.

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East Devon house prices rise 8.3% in one year – by far the largest increase in Devon

House prices in Exeter are rising twice as fast in Plymouth, new official figures published today show.

Property prices nationally rose 5.7 per cent for the year to April, the Land Registry’s latest data showed on Tuesday, making the average home worth £236,519.

Experts says the market has defied the Brexit slowdown and bounced back.

Devon saw a lower overall rise of 4.2 per cent over the 12-month period, leaving a home in the county valued on average at £243,072.

The biggest increase was east Devon, where an 8.3 per cent rise took prices to £271,141.

A fraction behind was the city of Exeter, where homes soared by 8.2 per cent compared to 4.1 per cent in Plymouth.

Exeter’s average home is now almost worth a quarter of a million, at £249,571, up from £230,680 in April 2016, the House Price Index said.”