“Record numbers of young adults in their 20s and 30s are living with their parents, according to official figures, with critics blaming soaring house prices and rents.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that over the last two decades, there has been a 46% increase in the number of young people aged 20-34 living with their parents. Over the same period, average house prices have tripled from about £97,000 to £288,000.
In total, 1.1 million more young men and women are now living at home, with the number increasing from 2.4 million in 1999 to 3.5 million in 2019. …”
THIS IS IN REAL TIME – NO EDITING, NO FANCY FOOTWORK, NOT FAKE NEWS – AS IT HAPPENED!
“Anger over Devon and Cornwall crime commissioner ‘using public position’ to support political friends”
What a truly stupid person this woman is. Here is a photograph of her insisting on a selfie with the Chief Fire Officer at work trying to put out the serious fire at the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter referred to in the article:
“Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has blasted crime commissioner Alison Hernandez for using social media to endorse Conservative candidates in the election.
Ms Hernandez is accused of using her personal Twitter account to support Tory hopefuls across the county – including John Gray who is standing as a rival for Mr Bradshaw’s Exeter parliamentary seat.
Mr Bradshaw has denounced the crime commissioner for as acting as a ‘cheerleader’ for the Conservatives in breach of her role in public office.
Claire Wright, the independent Parliamentary candidate for East Devon, has also accused Ms Hernandez of abusing her position as crime commissioner to influence the election.
Both have said she should be reported to the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
But Ms Hernandez says she is not worried by the criticism and will continue to lend her personal support to Conservatives at the election while separately working cross party for safer streets in her role as PCC.
The politicians’ fury is directed at a number of tweets by Ms Hernandez’s on her personal account since the General Election was called on November 9.
Mr Bradshaw said: “This is further disgraceful conduct by the Devon and Cornwall Crime Commissioner following on from her behaviour at the time of the Royal Clarence fire when she filmed or photographed herself completely inappropriately in front of this devastating event in Exeter.
Ms Hernandez should remember she holds an important public position and is not in charge of the police and she is not a political hack which is how she all too regularly appears.
What a truly stupid person Alison Hernandez is. Here is a photo of her insisting in taking a selfie with the Chief Fire Officer who was at the time was busy co-ordinating the Royal Clarence fire in Exeter.
“I suspect this behaviour will just serve to undermine the campaign of the Tory candidates she is being a cheerleader for.
“I will refer her behaviour to the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners as clearly it is in breach of guidance.”
According to the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners there is nothing that prevents those in the role from acting in a party political capacity as a private individual.
But the guidance states: “They should not use their public office as a PCC to support party political candidates, or seek to influence the outcome of the election in a party political way.” …
From a correspondent (Owl was not present at the exhibition so cannot verify information):
“Exmouth residents were threatened last night by Ben Ingham with a Council Tax hike if the town did not accept a hotel on phase 3. Cllr Kevin Blakey chair of the delivery group told [the correspondent] before the meeting that they were in talks with Premier Inn.
This threat was picked up by an angry member of the audience who unsatisfactorily challenged the panel . The audience it has to be said were in the main underwhelmed by the proposals on offer at the Ocean last night.
Wayne Hemingway talked with passion about the unique qualities of the Seafront. He praised the siting of a bowling club, a cricket club and tennis courts in sight of the sea .
He also praised the wonderful family friendly open spaces of the Maer. His vision was the whole area should be branded. He praised the vision of phase 2 in trying attract younger more monied visitors. To that end he slammed the hotel offers in the Town currently as sub standard and inappropriate for current tastes. His solution a boutique hotel. But where?
Sally Galsworthy part of the Residents Group who presented their vision for Queens Drive said. “ I was staggered. I had not heard Wayne speak before . His analysis of where the market is heading absolutely resonates with the research I have privately undertaken during the last three years. I think he would have liked our proposals “
She continued “ … in my view, the Council seem preoccupied with for the £3m debt left behind by the previous Tory administration. Hemingway was encouraging us to be flexible to ensure our long term survival. Exmouth deserves better than a short term fix”.
In these trying times it may be helpful to ask: what will the benefit of this particular cost be? Who will it benefit? Who will lose out? Will it lead to long-term benefits – if so, for whom?
Improvement can rarely come at no cost and has to be paid for in some way.
Are you someone who thinks only of the benefit to oneself and one’s family or the wider community?
We had austerity imposed on us. Who benefitted, who didn’t? Did it work? Where did the saved money go?