first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Linkedin Twitter A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes ReddIt ReddIt NewsCommunityCOVID-19Top StoriesTarrant County emergency shelters prepare for cold weather with reduced capacityBy Haeven Gibbons – November 24, 2020 1723 TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Life in Fort Worth Haeven Gibbons Facebook + posts printThe ‘Housing 500 Challenge’Coming in from the coldUnion Gospel Mission modifies operationsCOVID-19 & homelessness infographicTarrant County emergency shelters prepare for cold weather with reduced capacityBy Haeven GibbonsImogene goes to Presbyterian Night Shelter to get out of the cold. During the day, she uses True Worth, Presbyterian Night Shelter’s day time facility. Photo: Presbyterian Night Shelter, Jenny SpencerImogene goes to Presbyterian Night Shelter to get out of the cold. During the day, she uses True Worth, Presbyterian Night Shelter’s day time facility. Photo: Presbyterian Night Shelter, Jenny SpencerTemperatures dipping below 40 have long triggered the opening of cold weather shelters for the homeless. But COVID-19 has complicated the situation. The eight shelters that partner with the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition have reduced their bed capacity by 40% to be inline with social distancing requirements. However, the pandemic has also contributed to an increase in the homeless population because of the economic downturn and spike in unemployment. Chart: Haeven Gibbons- Source: Tarrant County Homeless CoalitionChart: Haeven Gibbons- Source: Tarrant County Homeless CoalitionThis year has seen a 6 percent increase overall in the number of people who experienced homelessness compared to 2019, according to interim executive director of TCHC Lauren King. The nonprofit and its partners have served 11,439 people, up from 10,645 in 2019. “Last year we saw a big increase in unsheltered homelessness,” said King. “We saw this huge increase, but then we also saw a decrease in the number of outreach teams we had, so we had fewer resources.”Unemployment was the leading cause for homelessness in 2018, according to TCHC. That year, the jobless rate peaked at 3.8; by April of this year, the rate climbed to 13.4, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.When the Vickery station overflow site closed at the end of September, 100 people were left unsheltered. “Many shelters are still not offering programming or emergency shelter services due to capacity limitations and other COVID-19 related reasons,” said Lezlee Kinney, volunteer coordinator at Union Gospel Mission Tarrant County.King said in years past, shelters crowded people into dining halls and other warm spaces when faced with an overflow. This winter, plans call for shuttling homeless people to cold weather shelter location sites, including Vickery station, Sycamore and Riverside community centers. Photo: Presbyterian Night Shelter, Jennifer SmithTo combat the reduced capacity in shelters, long-term homeless advocates are looking to use additional money through the CARES Act to help people find permanent homes. TCHC has a new initiative called the “Housing 500 Challenge.” The goal is to house 500 people before the end of the year. TCHC housed 88 people in October and is aiming to house 200 people in November and December. Ideally, TCHC tries to house 50 people a week.“The whole point of this challenge is to figure out how we need to get our system up and running again,” said King. “In addition to that, we’re also trying to get as many people out of congregate settings as we can because we don’t want to have a significant outbreak (of COVID-19).”TCHC volunteers create “welcome baskets” to give to people moving out of homelessness. The baskets are filled with sheets, pillows, cleaning supplies, toiletries and kitchenware. Photo: Tarrant County Homeless CoalitionTCHC volunteers create “welcome baskets” to give to people moving out of homelessness. The baskets are filled with sheets, pillows, cleaning supplies, toiletries and kitchenware. Photo: Tarrant County Homeless CoalitionPlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle FullscreenBefore the extra funding from the CARES Act, TCHC’s outreach team was a group of 11 people who were tasked with serving all of Tarrant County. Now, outreach teams will have about 50 people, according to King.“That should make a significant difference in how we’re able to serve people who are unsheltered,” King said. Coming in from the coldMr. Otwell sits across the street from Union Gospel Mission waiting for food that is passed out by volunteers. Photo: Josh JordanMr. Otwell sits across the street from Union Gospel Mission waiting for food that is passed out by volunteers. Photo: Josh JordanCold weather shelters officially opened on November 1. In Fort Worth, shelters open if the weather is below 40 degrees in wet conditions, below 35 degrees in dry conditions or if the wind-chill is below 32 degrees for three or more hours. Arlington’s trigger is a temperature below 39 degrees for more than 4 hours. Coalition officials text alerts to homeless people who subscribe to their cold weather updates when temperatures are expected to drop. Everyone is screened for COVID-19 before being allowed in a shelter. If shelters are full, they get a wristband indicating they have been screened before being bused to a cold weather station. The shelters assign people to socially distant cots to make contact tracing easier. Families receive motel vouchers to spend the night in a single room. PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle FullscreenThe eight shelters partnered with TCHC take extra cleaning precautions, perform regular temperature checks and space out dining times. All decisions are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control recommendations and have been carefully made to support the prevention of the COVID-19 virus from being spread in the community, said Don Shisler, Union Gospel Mission president, in a letter on March 13.The CARES Act also provided additional money to help buy extra cleaning supplies for emergency shelters. “We went through a whole process to figure out what the weekly use rate was, so each of the emergency shelters have their specific amount that they use, and the homeless coalition coordinates that effort,” said King. Photo 1: Room In The Inn – Nashville, TNPhoto 2: ALS, True Worth agenciesHow Union Gospel Mission has changed its operations amid COVID-19Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County is one of the eight shelters that cut its capacities to follow government mandates on social distancing, leaving many without a place to go. Their residents usually stay with them for 6 months to a year. But this year, that timeline was cut short for some.The men’s overnight dorm, which usually houses 67 men, is not open. In the past two months, UGM-TC has taken in eight single women to stay in the women’s overnight dorm. The dorm normally holds 16 women.They have referred overnight guests to the temporary overflow shelters opened by the city of Fort Worth.Chart: Haeven Gibbons- Source: Union Gospel Mission Tarrant CountyChart: Haeven Gibbons- Source: Union Gospel Mission Tarrant CountyBefore checking into an emergency shelter, guests get a health screen to make sure they are not showing symptoms of COVID-19. Photo: ALS, True Worth agenciesBefore checking into an emergency shelter, guests get a health screen to make sure they are not showing symptoms of COVID-19. Photo: ALS, True Worth agenciesUGM-TC also houses some permanent residents.  Normally, they can house up to 400 individuals, including families. Now, UGM-TC can house a max of 70 men and 65 women and children, according to Kinney.  Overnight beds pose a difficulty shelters have not faced before. When people come into an emergency shelter to be in their program beds, they can isolate for 14 days and then get a bed, but with overnight beds, people rotate in and out which cannot happen due to COVID-19, said King.UGM-TC is committed to keeping their doors open, despite capacity limitations, said Don Shisler, Union Gospel Mission president, in a letter on March 13. “While some businesses or organizations may be able to temporarily close, we will have our doors open continuing to serve on the front lines,” said Shisler.UGM-TC also provides food for those who need it. According to UGM-TC’s food services director, Robert Clethen, food donations have remained consistent since March. They have been serving seven to nine thousand meals a month.PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle FullscreenBut they are no longer allowed to serve guests inside. The only people who can eat inside are UGM-TC’s residents.“Volunteers serve trays through the plexiglass now, and we have plexiglass on our tables in the dining room,” said Clethen. Because of the divider only four people can fit at the table instead of six or seven.To serve outside guests, UGM-TC vamped up a sack lunch program where they pass out sack lunches to people at breakfast lunch and dinner every day, said Kinney.Homeless people near Union Gospel Mission Tarrant County try to stay warm. Photo: Josh JordanHomeless people near Union Gospel Mission Tarrant County try to stay warm. 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first_img More Cool Stuff 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Hollywood Burbank Airport has received a $2.8 million infrastructure from the Trump administration.More than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were awarded to 405 airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories.The funds will be used for taxiway and apron improvements.The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Commission has owned and operated the airport under a joint powers agreement between the three cities since 1977.Currently, former PCC Trustee Ross Selvidge and City Councilmembers Steve Madison and John Kennedy represent Pasadena on the commission.“This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth in local communities, which is especially important as the economy recovers from COVID-19,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.The authority, a separate government agency created under a joint powers agreement between Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena in 1977, includes three commission members from each of the three cities who oversee operations at the airport. The majority of the members are sitting councilmembers in their respective cities.From 1978 to 2003, the airport was named the Burbank–Glendale–Pasadena Airport. In 2017 it was renamed the Hollywood Burbank Airport. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Burbank Airport Receives Infrastructure Grant Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Commission has owned and operated the airport since 1977 STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | 2:35 pm STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more


first_img Twitter News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleCllr Padraig Doherty confirms that he is to rejoin Fine GaelNext articleMc Conalogue claims Donegal is losing out in what’s become a “two tier economy” News Highland WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Judge says delay in progressing Inishowen crash case ‘beggars belief’ Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A judge has said the delay in the trial of a man accused of causing the death by eight people by dangerous driving in Inishowen ‘beggared belief’.24 year-old Shaun Kelly from Hill Road, Ballymaggan, Buncrana appeared  in court today after the case was adjourned last week.This was to allow the Director of Public Prosecution identify a psychologist to carry out an assessment of him.Today Judge Keenan Johnson expressed his frustration that the case was no further than when it was adjourned last week.He said he was adjourning the case until Thursday and he wanted somebody available.Judge Johnson was told by barrister am Patricia McLaughlin that strenuous efforts had been made to source an expert to examine the defendant.She told the court that the original expert they had is no longer available and that two experts at Beaumont hospital had been contacted by phone, letter and fax but to no avail.Barrister for the defence Mr Peter Nolan said: “we would have thought some expert would be made available but no arrangement has even been made.”The case comes before the circuit court on Thursday morning again. Pinterest Pinterest Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – April 8, 2014 last_img read more


first_imgNews UpdatesTablighi Jamaat: Karnataka HC Quashes Cases Against 9 Foreigners; Imposes Condition That They Should Not Visit India In Next 10 Years [Read Order] Mustafa Plumber8 Aug 2020 12:50 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has quashed and set aside criminal prosecution initiated against nine foreign nationals belonging to the Tablighi Jamaat, on the condition that they will immediately leave the country and undertake not to visit India for the next ten years. A bench of Justice Krishna S Dixit, allowed the petitions filed by the foreign nationals who were arrested under…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court has quashed and set aside criminal prosecution initiated against nine foreign nationals belonging to the Tablighi Jamaat, on the condition that they will immediately leave the country and undertake not to visit India for the next ten years. A bench of Justice Krishna S Dixit, allowed the petitions filed by the foreign nationals who were arrested under the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 for the violation of the conditions of visas. They have been directed to pay a fine that may be levied by the competent authority. The court has refused to quash the case registered against seven Indian nationals, who are members of the Jamat, stating their case stands on a different footing. The authorities claimed that the Foreign nationals had entered India on the basis of e-Tourist visa and were found to be carrying out preaching of religious principles, an activity which is permissible only under the Missionary Visa. Advocate Mohammed Tahir appearing for the accused argued that “There is no specific prohibition in the Visas in question for preaching religious principles in the Tablighi congregation.” This argument was turned down by the court saying “The very nature of these Visas, what is permissible is what is specifically provided for and therefore, the question of one looking for prohibition is irrelevant to say the least. In other words, what is not provided for in the Visa, is deemed to be impermissible; thus, the general principle that what all is not prohibited is permissible for a natural person and what all is not provided for is impermissible for a juristic person, ordinarily cannot be invoked by foreign nationals.” Tahir then relied on two unreported judgments, (Mr.Junia Erastus Mayemba Vs. The Bureau of Immigration) and (Mr.Freddy Tshimanga Kanyama Vs. Bureau of Immigration) of the Karnataka High court to argue that “The intended prosecution is not desirable since it would eventually result in overstaying of the foreign nationals at the cost of State Exchequer and therefore, these foreign nationals be granted exit at the earliest.” The Special Public Prosecutor V M Sheelvanth and Assistant Solicitor General C Shashikantha argued that if at all the accused foreigners are shown mercy, which is an attribute of Sovereign Power in view of the aforesaid two judgments, this court should prescribe similar conditions as are stipulated by the Madras High Court in Md. Kameual Islam and Others Vs. State, 2020 (SCC OnLine Mad 1171). The petitioners’ counsel agreed for the same, following which the court imposed similar conditions and held that its order will not act as a precedent. The bench also rejected the the allegation made by the petitioners that “The criminal proceedings are initiated by the police, with the prejudice generated by the Media propaganda, and for the statistical purpose of the State.” The court said “Having examined the entire file made available by the learned SPP, does not find even an iota of material for entertaining such a baseless grievance; on the contrary, this gathers from the records a legitimate impression that the police having stood tall, exercised a lot of restraint despite running a huge risk of COVID-19 infection and tolerating the attack/assault by the miscreants; this court will be failing in its duty if it does not place on record a deep appreciation of the State Police for their yeoman service being rendered during COVID crises.”In June, the Madras HC had closed cases against 31 foreign Tablighis after saying that they have “suffered enough”, and urged the Centre to consider their pleas to return to their native countries. CRIMINAL PETITION NO. 2376/2020 FARHAN HUSSAIN And STATE BY THILAK PARK P S TUMKUR CITY,Coram: Justice Krishna S Dixit.Date of Order: August 5, 2020.Appearances:Advocate Mohammed Tahir for Petitioners.Special Public Prosecutor V M Sheelvanth a/w SPP V S Hegde and Advocate Namitha Mahesh B G, for StateASG: C Shashikantha for Union of India.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more


first_img Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ By News Highland – October 23, 2019 Google+ Farmers in Donegal are to receive €38.3 million this year under the Basic Farm Payment Scheme, according to figures confirmed this afternoon by the Department of Agriculture and Food.Welcoming the figure, Minister Joe Mc Hugh said 7,716 farmers will benefit directly, while there will also be an important spin off for the villages and towns where the farmers live and shop and do their business.Minister Mc Hugh added that part of this year’s payments include a higher advance payment of 70% for 2019 rather than 50% as provided for in the EU legislation. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Donegal farmers to receive over €38 million under Basic Payment Scheme Previous articleSinn Fein MEP dismisses dissident threatsNext articleLYIT beaten by St. Mary’s in Senior Football League News Highland last_img read more


first_img The Department of Justice and Equality has confirmed that there will be no on-site car parking facilities at the new courthouse in Letterkenny.The Department says that it is the Courts Service’s responsibility to provide parking, and as is the case at the existing courthouse, there will be no public parking at the new courthouse.Councillor Dessie Shiels who put forward the motion requesting a review from the Department says it’s a disappointing response………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/shielsctpk1pm.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleBody found in search for missing diverNext articleMc Crossan says Strabane investments auger well for the future News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – August 15, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Department of Justice confirms new Letterkenny Courthouse will not have parkinglast_img read more


first_imgAn investigation has been launched after damage was caused to two commercial premises in the Lifford area in the early hours of this morning.Gardai say they are investigating two incidents of criminal damage at two seperate retail premises in the Bridge Street area of the town.A front window of each of the premises was smashed during the incident.Local Councillor Gary Doherty says last nights incidents follow numerous break ins in the area over the past few weeks.Today he has issued a direct appeal to those engaging in such criminal activity to desist:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/garydoc.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Two commercial premises in Lifford targeted overnight Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – March 29, 2019 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleDonegal fisherman ends hunger strikeNext articleToland & Barrett on Republic of Ireland’s WNT Squad for Italy challenge News Highland Pinterest Facebook Facebook Google+center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more


first_imgDole08/iStock(FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.) — A tourist has died in a skydiving accident near the Grand Canyon after suffering a “hard landing” when his parachute failed to open.Christopher Swales, a 55-year-old man from the United Kingdom, was on a sky-diving trip on Sept. 8 with Paragon Skydive, a company at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport when authorities said he and his sky-diving partner who worked at the company “encountered difficulties.”Deputies were immediately called to the scene of the accident two discover that two men had been injured.“The skydive reportedly had been going as planned until they encountered difficulties when approaching the landing area. These difficulties caused the pair to free-fall for an unknown distance and hit the ground in what was described as a “hard landing,” according to a statement from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.The diving instructor managed to escape with just a broken leg and was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center. Swales was also transported to Flagstaff but was pronounced dead.Investigators are still looking into the circumstances surrounding incident but there are no indications that the accident was criminal in nature.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgGood karma for police on the beatOn 1 Feb 2000 in Police, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article This week’s guru column• Last week we reported on an NHS trust providing squeezy balls to staff torelieve pressure. Now we hear Essex Police is looking into alternativetherapies to help its stress-prone officers. It is currently assessing the benefits of providing stress-packs to itsbobbies, including vouchers for treatments such as acupuncture and counselling.The enquiry was triggered by a report revealing the force was losing over amillion pounds a year in lost working days. A spokeswoman for the force brusquely denied reports that aromatherapy wasan intended part of the programme. But even if it was, I think it’s time toapplaud the police for bringing its policies up to date. Many UK employers infar less stressful sectors have offered such treatments for years. So I thinkEssex Police should go the whole hog and offer yoga, massage, reflexology;anything to keep their coppers calm.Perhaps they should consider such therapies for road/air rage victims as well.Now that would be alternative, man.Striking while the issue’s hot • The Government is suddenly desperate for good news.There are reports of a crisis in NHS, gridlock in the transport system andan embarrassing Department of Trade & Industry inquiry into the businessaffairs of former Labour minister Geoffrey Robinson.Step forward Alan Johnson, Parliamentary under-secretary for employeerelations. In his brief, union relations – once the poison in the offering thatLabour put to the electorate – peace seems to have broken out.Industrial action figures are down; partnership agreements are up. Johnsonmust have been pleased to have the podium at the annual “partnership”do – the Anuman conference – held last week.Surely this is one area where government rhetoric is matching reality. Well,almost. Sadly, despite having risen at the crack of dawn, Guru was unable to reachthe conference centre in time for the minister’s speech. There was a trainstrike.Complaints on sorry situation• Howard Potter had a rip-roaring start to the new millennium. But sincethen his year has been a disaster of Millennium Wheel proportions. Potter, you may have read, is the man who apologised in a £150 local paperadvert for his New Year romp through Cardiff town centre. “The entirestaff of the Cardiff Hilton Hotel, several city centre landlords, the residentsof Prospect Drive, a man called Toni at a fish bar, two passing policeconstables and the council cleansing department,” received the 51-year oldchartered accountant’s abject, and very public, apologies.Not so impressed by this display of repentance was the South Wales branch ofthe Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, whom Potter had representedfor three years. They felt that Potter’s confession did not reflect well on theprofession and accepted his resignation. Quite right too. Accountants having a good time and saying they are sorrywhen they did wrong. Now that wouldn’t do.Committee fails to read all about illiteracyHaving attended the Employment sub-committee of the Commons last week(always a pleasure), Guru was left wondering if anyone really cares about theNew Deal. The questioners (and myself, I confess) seemed lulled to sleep by employmentminister Tessa Jowell’s familiar litany of assurances that the Government”is committed to young people” and “is doing everything it canto aspire towards giving advantages to the disadvantaged” or some suchwaffle. Committee chairman Derek Foster (Lab) was so fawning in his comments in praiseof Jowell’s department, I felt somehow transported to the Stalinist SovietUnion. And the sole Tory present, Graham Brady, had all the incisiveness of asponge. But worst of all, members of the committee seemed surprised to hearfrom the minister that four out of 10 youngsters on the scheme are illiterateand innumerate, despite the fact that this was splashed across the front pagesof the national press when the news broke. Comments are closed. last_img read more


first_imgMost agents claim to have stopped doing it and the main portals now ban them, but a landmark ruling announced today has confirmed that housing benefits discrimination and the ‘No DSS’ adverts that are its most obvious output are also a breach of the Equality Act.The case, which was heard at York County Court, was a test case for housing charity Shelter’s two-year long No DSS campaign to end benefits-based discrimination within the private rental market.Following the ruling by District Judge Victoria Elizabeth Mark, letting agents and landlords are being warned by the charity that they risk legal action if they continue to prevent housing benefit tenants from renting homes.She said: “Rejecting tenancy applications because the applicant is in receipt of housing benefit was unlawfully indirectly discriminatory on the grounds of sex and disability, contrary to […] the Equality Act 2010.”Mother of twoThis test case was brought by an un-named single mother of two who, after a letting agent refused to rent any properties to her because she receives housing benefit, contacted Shelter to take on her case.The woman, who works part-time, was looking for a new home in October 2018 after receiving a Section 21 ‘no-fault’ eviction from her landlord.After weeks of searching, she found a two-bedroom house for her family, but the letting agent told her she could not rent it because of their long-standing policy of not accepting housing benefit.This made her homeless and she was forced to move into a hostel with her children.Rose Arnall, the Shelter solicitor who led the case, says: “This is the first time a court has fully considered a case like this. It finally clarifies that discriminating against people in need of housing benefit is not just morally wrong, it is against the law.”Government commentMinister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Luke Hall MP says: “Everyone should have the same opportunity when looking for a home and discriminating against someone simply because they receive benefits has no place in a modern housing market.“That’s why we have been working with landlords and letting agents to help ensure prospective tenants are treated on an individual basis and that benefits are not seen as a barrier to giving someone a place to live.”Industry reaction“No landlord should discriminate against tenants because they are in receipt of benefits. Every tenant’s circumstance is different and so they should be treated on a case by case basis based on their ability to sustain a tenancy,” says Chris Norris, Policy Director for the National Residential Landlords Association.“More broadly, the Government can also support this work by ensuring benefits cover rents entirely. It should also convert the loans to cover the five week wait for the first payment of Universal Credit into grants.”rose arnall NO DSS Shelter Chris Norris July 14, 2020Nigel 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 » Letting agents now face prosecution over ‘No DSS’ policies and adverts previous nextRegulation & LawLetting agents now face prosecution over ‘No DSS’ policies and advertsWarning is made by housing charity Shelter following landmark case it helped mount at York County Court.Nigel Lewis14th July 202005,192 Viewslast_img read more