The English Housing Survey has just been published and it reveals some fascinating facts about the fast-changing private rented sector.1. Last year 787,000 tenants moved home within the private rented sector. Of these, 73% said they moved because they wanted while 11% or 86,600 tenants were asked to leave by their landlord – two thirds because the landlord wanted to sell or move back in, and a third presumably for bad behaviour.2. Despite constant media coverage of rogue landlords and agents, the survey reveals that 71.4% of all tenants were satisfied with the way repairs and maintenance were carried out on their property.But the survey also says 17.7% of tenants were unhappy with how their landlord looked after their property, leaving 9.5% not sure either way.3. Being a tenant has yet to become as popular as home ownership, either. Just one in five renters or 21% quizzed by the report were satisfied with their status as a private tenant.4. The research also reveals that the private rented sector is now significantly larger than the social rented one. There are 4.413 million private homes in the UK compared to 3.85 million local authority and social housing ones.5. Key complaints among tenants are that their landlord doesn’t bother to carry out any repairs or maintenance, is difficult to contact, carries out shoddy repair work and that repairs are completely too slowly.6. The English Housing Survey also reveals that talk of ‘generation rent’ is not exaggerated – although younger renter tend to be over-represented in surveys, the proportion of the rented sector who are between 25 and 34 years old has nearly doubled over the past decade from 24% to 46%, while the number of families with children has risen from 30% to 36% of all renters.7. And talk of slum conditions within the private sector also looks less credible now – the proportion of non-decent homes, as the survey puts it, has dropped from 47% in 2006 to 28% in 2015. English Housing Survey July 14, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » English Housing Survey: 7 new facts it reveals previous nextHousing MarketEnglish Housing Survey: 7 new facts it revealsGovernment’s regular English Housing Survey highlights fast-changing nature of tenants and landlordsNigel Lewis14th July 201701,327 Views
Home » News » Agencies & People » Network Auctions’ best year! previous nextAgencies & PeopleNetwork Auctions’ best year!The Negotiator21st February 20180357 Views Network Auctions has reported an 82 per cent sales result, raising £3.4m in its last sale of the year on 7th December, marking a record beating year for the company.The sale included some notable results, with a building plot in North London achieving a hammer price of £210,000 against a reserve of £110,000, a semi-detached house in Bristol (with a late addendum relating to Japanese Knotweed) selling for £434,000 against a guide of £360-370,000, and a bidding war for a parcel of land in Feltham which brought an astonishing hammer price of £17,000 off a guide of £2-3,000.The sale topped off Network Auctions’ most successful year to date, raising a total of £41m up from £36m in 2016, and an increase in overall sales results to 81 per cent from 79 per cent in the previous year.Toby Limbrick said, “This success indicates the strength of auction performance in the property market against the backdrop of record low private treaty transactions and the collapse of buy-to-let and uncertainty since Brexit.“Our record breaking results in such a difficult market are testament to the hard work and positive approach of our auction team. We firmly believe our results confirm the confidence people continue to have in the sector. We are committed to auction and delivering success in 2018 and are excited about the rapid growth of Network E, our conditional online sales platform, which is proving a big hit with our estate agent partners.”Network Auctions sales results Network Auctions Toby Limerick February 21, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Tireless to Be Decommissioned View post tag: europe View post tag: Decommissioned Authorities View post tag: Navy The nuclear-powered Trafalgar Class submarine returned to her base-port of Devonport, in Plymouth, for the last time on June 1 before decommissioning after nearly 30 years of service.The submarine is the longest serving nuclear-powered hunter killer submarine in the Royal Navy and spent her final 11-month operation in the Indian Ocean and east of Suez. The patrol included a search for the missing Malaysian airliner using her sonar. She gives way now to the new world-beating Astute Class and replaced by HMS Artful.HMS Tireless originally operated as one of the Cold War warriors, out of sight and mind as she deployed for long, secret and often dangerous missions out into the Atlantic patrolling for months at a time searching for and stalking her enemies.Renowned for her stealth and many successes she enjoys a strong reputation to this day, as demonstrated by recently completing the first deployment by a Royal Navy nuclear powered submarine to Australia in seven years after assisting in the search for the Malaysian airliner.The submarine has been deployed under the ice to the North Pole, East of Suez, Atlantic, Mediterranean and taken part in supporting submarine command courses and taken part in a number of varied operations. Places visited include India and Australia.[mappress]Press Release, June 18, 2014; Image: UK Navy The Royal UK Navy nuclear-powered submarine HMS Tireless is due to be officially retired from active service at a ceremony in Plymouth on Thursday (June 19). View post tag: News by topic HMS Tireless to Be Decommissioned June 18, 2014 View post tag: HMS Tireless View post tag: Naval Share this article
Photo: Photo: Pakistan Navy Share this article View post tag: Type 054A View post tag: china China’s Hudong Zhonghua shipyard hosted a steel-cutting ceremony on December 20 to mark the official start of construction of the second Pakistan Navy Type 054A frigate.Hudong Zhonghua is a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation with which the Pakistan Navy signed contracts for the delivery of a total of four frigates. All four units will be built in China and delivered by 2021.Type 054A/P (P standing for Pakistan) is an export version of the frigate which is already in service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN).The Pakistan Navy said the steel cutting milestone was achieved ahead of schedule adding that, once constructed, the warship would be one of the largest and technologically advanced platforms in the fleet.Type 054A frigates displace 4,000 tons and are equipped with vertical launch systems (VLS), a 76mm gun, close in weapons systems and torpedo launchers. They have a flight deck and hangar capable of supporting medium lift helicopters. View post tag: Pakistan Navy
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Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleMike Pence undergoes surgery for a pacemakerNext articleAt least eight people killed, several others injured in active shooter situation at FedEx in Indianapolis Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Google+ Pinterest Lawmakers override Governor Holcomb’s veto of emergency powers bill IndianaLocalNews (“Indiana State Capitol Building” by Drew Tarvin, CC BY 2.0) Legislators have overridden Governor Holcomb’s veto of a bill allowing them to call themselves back into session in an emergency.The bill would allow the 16-member Legislative Council to bring legislators back to review a governor’s actions under a state of emergency. Last year, a statewide lockdown due to the accelerating coronavirus pandemic began less than two weeks after legislators adjourned for the year — the General Assembly didn’t return to the statehouse for eight months.House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) says the bill’s not a criticism of Holcomb. He says the bill is meant to ensure the calendar doesn’t deny legislators a voice in a future emergency, with a governor whose actions legislators don’t agree with. But LaGrange Senator Sue Glick charges the administration failed to communicate with legislators about months of pandemic actions.Holcomb contends the bill is unconstitutional. He says Indiana’s constitution makes clear that only the governor can call the legislature back to work outside of its regularly scheduled session. Holcomb’s veto message last week warned the bill will create uncertainty in the middle of a not-yet-finished pandemic. Huston and Senate President Pro Tem Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) say the governor still holds, in Huston’s words, “the vast, vast, vast, vast, vast majority” of Indiana’s emergency power and can still exercise it.Holcomb has hinted at a possible court challenge to the bill.The bill reversed the usual party lines at the statehouse, with House and Senate Democrats unanimously supporting the Republican governor. Senate Republicans passed the bill on a party-line vote, while four House Republicans joined Democrats in voting no. At least three of those four opposed the bill because they felt it should have gone further.Legislators have passed another bill prohibiting any emergency restrictions on worship services. Holcomb hasn’t said yet whether he’ll sign or veto that bill. By Jon Zimney – April 16, 2021 1 111 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest
Thank you Mr President. I may I also thank Special Representative Fall and Ms Ghelani of OCHA for briefing the Council today and for all that your respective teams are doing in what is a complicated and difficult region as you’ve both set out.Today I will address issues that affect the region as a whole, the situation in the Anglophone Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon and the impact of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin. I will not address DRC, Burundi or CAR as we have the opportunity to discuss these issues in other Council meetings.Mr Special Representative, the United Kingdom welcomes the holistic approach that you have taken both with this report and to promote peace and stability in Central Africa. An approach that covers the political, humanitarian and human rights situation and addresses root causes is crucial to conflict prevention and resolution. We also welcome UNOCA’s work to drive forward the Women, Peace and Security agenda, under UNSCR 1325.We encourage UNOCA to continue to focus on building the capacity of regional organisations to enable delivery of their early warning mechanisms, conflict prevention and peace-building initiatives.Mr President, I would like to focus now on a country of particular concern in the region and that’s Cameroon.I should start by saying the United Kingdom recognises the many positive contributions Cameroon is making to stability in the region, including their continued commitment to the fight against Boko Haram and the sanctuary that Cameroon offers to refugees from Nigeria and the Central African Republic. However, we are concerned by the reality of the rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.In particular, we are concerned about high levels of displacement and take very seriously Reena Ghelani’s warning that this is now one of the fastest growing displacement crises in Africa and reports of human rights violations and abuses perpetrated by armed separatist groups and Government forces, including extra-judicial killings, other killings, abductions, restrictions of movement and access to health and education as described in the Secretary-General’s report. We must always be alert, colleagues, to the risk that the situation escalates, affecting the broader peace and stability of the Central African region, and we have already seen over 30,000 Cameroonians flee into Nigeria. If grievances are not addressed, tensions are likely to increase further.Mr President, these concerns are not new – I raised them in the Council’s discussions in March, as did others. Unfortunately, we have not seen the action needed to address the situation and since March, it has deteriorated further.We welcome President Biya’s recent pledge to address the situation but words alone will not improve things. We strongly urge the Government of Cameroon to take urgent action, including by:· actively addressing the situation through inclusive dialogue with the Anglophone leadership to address the underlying issues;· undertaking confidence-building measures in order to diffuse tensions and build conditions for dialogue. This includes the release of political detainees, and implementing the Government’s own commitments on decentralisation, and the recommendations of the Commission on Bilingualism;· allowing full humanitarian access and access to human rights monitors to all parts of the country – and I would also hope and expect that our own SRSG would have access wherever he wanted to go;· and ensuring accountability for all those responsible for human rights violations and abuses.And clearly Mr President we also call on the armed groups involved to cease their attacks on civilians, allow full humanitarian access, and access to human rights monitors, and to engage with the Government on these issues.The UK, for its part, is committed to supporting Cameroon and I am pleased to announce today that the United Kingdom is contributing $3.1 million to the UN’s response in the Anglophone regions – that’s equivalent to 20% of this year’s flash appeal for the Anglophone crisis – to address immediate humanitarian and medical needs. We strongly encourage other Member States to fund this as an important part of the conflict prevention effort. Preventing a crisis costs significantly less than resolving one.Mr President, we have raised our concerns quietly so far and directly with the Government and we are committed to working with the Government of Cameroon in every way we can to help resolve this situation. But I fear, unless action is taken and the situation improves, concern over the situation in Cameroon is likely to increase amongst Security Council Members and become a more prominent part of our discussions.Mr President in addition to Cameroon I would like to raise our ongoing concern about the humanitarian and security situation in the wider Lake Chad Basin, which continues to deteriorate. The United Kingdom has played its part in providing humanitarian support, as well as significant support particularly to assist the Nigerian security forces in the fight against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), but this matter needs the ongoing focus and support of the international community.The deteriorating security situation in northeast Nigeria is of particular concern, and one I note shared by the Secretary-General. ISWA has increased the frequency, range and sophistication of their attacks and has attacked forward operating military bases in North East Nigeria. The execution by ISWA of humanitarian workers such as Saifura Khorsa and Hauwa Liman, who were both abducted while providing antenatal care to communities in desperate need is a telling reminder of the brutality of ISWA’s activities.Let me conclude Mr President by reiterating that we have an opportunity together to prevent further conflict, and the inevitable suffering and insecurity, and I hope we can all act to do so.Thank you Mr President.
Geordie Bakers had been bought out of administration, by newly formed company Minhoco 21.The Newcastle-based craft baker had recently moved to a larger site, following a new contract gain.However, delays due to the relocation resulted in the contract being cancelled, and the bakery was left in financial difficulty.Administrators from Pitman Cohen Recoveries LLP were called into advise the business.Minhoco 21 was established in April this year by the founders of fellow Newcastle business The New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company.Read the full story in the next issue of British Baker, out 31 May.
Cake business Choccywoccydoodah has ceased trading and closed its stores in Brighton and Covent Garden.“Challenging trading conditions” have prompted the directors to instruct advisory firm Quantuma to place the business into Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation.Founded in 2001, Choccywoccydoodah was a specialist chocolatier, famous for designing and creating bespoke cakes. The company was established in Brighton, where it operated a store on Meeting House Lane, as well as running an outlet in Covent Garden, London.In 2009, it secured a deal to supply Selfridges Food Halls across the country with a collection of cakes, including personalised wedding and celebration cakes. From 2011 to 2014 it featured in a self-titled documentary series that followed staff producing cakes for a list of celebrities. All operations have now ceased, and both its Brighton and Covent Garden stores have closed.“Due to financial difficulties as a result of a challenging trading environment, increased costs and declining margins, Quantuma has been instructed by the directors to assist in placing the company into liquidation,” said Sean Bucknall, partner at Quantuma.“Quantuma has been in contact with customers that have been affected and will endeavour to make this as smooth a process as possible for all stakeholders.”Brighton & Hove Independent reported that the closure had left a number of customers without wedding cakes and out of pocket, as they had placed orders with the business. It added that a group of 40 cake-makers in the Sussex area had come together to help those customers by offering them a wedding cake at a reduced price.
Source: Getty ImagesA heightened interest in health and wellbeing is fuelling demand for reduced sugar and calorie products, new research shows.The European Bakery Industry report, commissioned by Tate & Lyle, surveyed 400 senior bakery professionals across Germany, France, Spain and the UK.As many as 73% of respondents said foods with a lower sugar and calorie content were “the biggest driver of business growth”. It comes as Mr Kipling adds Viennese Whirls to its reduced sugar range, following the launch of 30% Less Sugar Angel, Chocolate and Lemon slices in 2019.The study found that more than two thirds (74%) of respondents were reducing the calorie content of products, 71% were cutting sugar levels and 54% were driving down fat levels. Meanwhile, more than half (54%) were focussed on free-from products, and 48% were looking to improve the product-consumption experience. The survey, which polled bakery executives in roles ranging from production and sales to research and development, HR and marketing, also revealed that 51% believed consumers were more likely to choose foods that offer additional nutritional benefits, such as added protein and added fibre.And 44% said a substantial proportion would be willing to pay more for healthy and nutritious foods, while 34% claimed shoppers were increasingly looking beyond the labels on products for details of nutritional contents.“More and more people are looking for ways to stay healthy and improve their wellbeing, a trend that has been building for a while and continues to grow,” said Olivier Kutz, category development manager, Tate & Lyle, Europe.“Paying more for products with enriched nutritional benefits has accelerated, as consumers gain interest in, and understanding of, exactly what is in the products they buy. A heightened awareness of healthier diets and the long-term health implications of the Covid-19 pandemic has also meant people spending more time at home and taking up baking as a hobby are wanting to use healthier products where possible.”Food and drink companies in the UK are working towards voluntary sugar reduction targets, as laid out by government agency Public Health England. Recent figures revealed progress in cakes and biscuits remained well below the 20% reduction outlined for 2020, versus a baseline of 2015.