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


first_imgIrwin’s Bakery is a slice ahead of the game in Northern Ireland, with the launch of its new bread sizes. These come in advance of a new EU directive in April 2009, which will see bread weight restrictions lifted.Irwin’s, based in Co Armagh, is bringing in new, smaller loaf sizes in one of its signature brands and claims it is the first bakery to offer new sizes in NI. In the summer, the firm trialled three new smal-ler loaves in its Nutty Krust range, to gauge consumer demand.The bakery decided to make its 600g Nutty Krust Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed, 600g Malted Grain, and 400g Half Loaf per-manently available, after 300,000 were purchased following the launch.last_img


first_imgHovis has become the latest bakery brand to enter the £33m breakfast biscuit category with a new range of products.Hovis Breakfast Bakes will be available in three varieties, including Oats & Honey, Malted Crunch, and Milk & Oats, and will contain 100% British wheat. The new biscuit line also benefits from whole grains of wheat and oats and a minimum of 5% wheatgerm, according to the firm.Hovis’ new range is being supported with a 12-month marketing programme, which will include TV and money-off coupons on Hovis bread packs.Iwan Williams, managing director at Hovis, said: “With the consumption of breakfast biscuits increasing significantly in recent years, we aim to take advantage of this by providing busy consumers with a contemporary, flavoursome and convenient breakfast alternative. We are working on a range of innovations across our portfolio of brands, aligning to consumer tastes as well as expanding into broader categories to drive growth.”The firm added that it predicts the new Hovis Breakfast Bakes will add £14m in sales during the next three years.last_img read more


first_imgToday, iconic vocalist Stevie Nicks turns 71 years young. To celebrate another trip around the sun for Nicks, we dug up one our favorite recent clips of Stevie: The time she surprised the young cast of School of Rock: The Musical to sing a classic Fleetwood Mac tune.Anyone who’s watched the movie or Broadway versions of Jack Black’s classic School Of Rock film will know just how crucial Stevie Nicks is to the storyline. In a pivotal moment, Black’s character Dewey Finn wins over straight-laced principal Rosalie Mullins, played by Joan Cusack, by putting “Edge Of Seventeen” on the jukebox of a local bar. The two subsequently engage in a glorious sing-a-long and bond over letting loose to Stevie Nicks’ vocals.The scene naturally found its way into the Broadway production, which originally starred then-13-year-old guitarist Brandon “Taz” Neiderauer. Unbeknownst to the audience, Nicks herself not only came out to that performance of the show, but also joined the cast for a version of “Rhiannon.” As she notes after the song, “I would just like to say, being in the presence of these kids that are so amazing…honestly sometimes I close my eyes and I’m not sure that it’s not Fleetwood Mac. It’s very trippy. They are so good.”Watch the surprise 2016 performance by Stevie Nicks with Taz and the rest of the School of Rock cast below:School of Rock ft. Stevie Nicks – “Rhiannon”[Video: sgibson818]Happy birthday, Stevie!last_img read more


first_imgHey you guys! You may recall back in 2010 that with the 25th anniversary of The Goonies came reports that a stage adaptation of the cult classic was in the works. Now, as the movie celebrates its 30th anniversary, the film’s director Richard Donner says that the musical event will land off-Broadway in 2016 or 2017.”We’re going to do an off-Broadway, do you know what immersion theater is? Where there’s no seats, the venue is you go into a warehouse and there’s something happening in that warehouse and that’s the play you’ve come to see, only you become part of it and you travel through with actors,” Donner told Yahoo! “We’re doing one on The Goonies. It will take another year or so but it’s going to be wonderful.”The Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus-penned 1985 movie starred Broadway veterans Martha Plimpton and Josh Brolin, as well as Corey Feldman and Sean Astin, as a group of teenage treasure hunters.No word yet on whether writer/producer Tim Long is still on board for the stage incarnation. View Commentslast_img read more


first_imgReports of data breaches, malware attacks and other identity theft schemes have many Americans scrambling for ways to protect their financial information.A credit freeze, which prevents the opening of any new credit accounts in your name, can be an effective tool. It works because once you’ve frozen your credit, new lenders can’t look at your credit report without your permission … which stops identity thieves cold in their tracks.Is it right for you? If you think or know your information has been compromised, there’s no harm in initiating a freeze because you can lift it easily if you want to apply for credit.However, it’s important to remember it’s not a silver bullet. There are still ways criminals can access your existing accounts. When it comes to protecting your personal and financial information, a multiple front approach works best. So think of a credit freeze as just one more tool in your arsenal against cyberthieves.Here’s what you need to know before you put your credit on ice.How it works:A credit freeze only affects new credit applications.A credit freeze is free and never expires.You will need to contact all three credit reporting agencies: Experian, Equifax and Transunion.Requests can be made online or by phone. Be prepared to provide personal information like name, address, date of birth and Social Security number.Each credit bureau will give you a unique PIN or password. Don’t lose it. It’s the only way you will be able to permanently or temporarily lift the credit freeze.You can lift the freeze anytime, in a matter of minutes.A credit freeze does not: Affect your credit score.Prevent you from using your credit cards or any other forms of credit.Stop any prescreened credit offers from being mailed.Prevent you from getting your free annual credit report.Prevent identity thieves from making charges to your existing accounts.Stop existing creditors or collection agencies from accessing your credit report.Stop you from opening new accounts, renting an apartment, buying insurance or anything else that requires a credit check. You can temporarily lift a freeze for specific transactions by providing the PIN along with your application for credit, housing or even employment. You simply have to inform anyone doing the background check that the PIN is required to access your credit report. Since each credit bureau has its own PIN, be sure to ask which one they will be using. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more


first_imgYesterday, Valamar Riviera received a notification from the Center for Restructuring and Sales (CERP) on the selection of Valamar as the best bidder for the purchase of 621.086 shares or 55,48% of the share capital of Hoteli Makarska dd at a price of HRK 278 per share.Valamar Riviera has previously announced that it is entering the acquisition of Hotel Makarska dd in partnership with AZ mandatory pension funds, with which in 2016 the acquisition of a majority stake in Imperial dd on the island of Rab was jointly realized. After taking over Hotel Makarska dd, Valamar Riviera and AZ, mandatory pension funds plan further development of the portfolio and destination Makarska as one of the leading tourist destinations in Dalmatia with the aim of raising the quality of tourism to guests of higher purchasing power.The focus on the development of new products and services, job creation and cooperation with the local community is the backbone of the successful model of joint investment of the leading institutional investor and the largest company in tourism in Croatia, Valamar points out.Hotels Makarska dd consists of three hotels, Hotel Metoer with 4 * which has 277 rooms, wellness center, outdoor and indoor pool, congress halls, restaurant and bars, Hotel Dalmacija with 3 * which has 190 rooms, wellness center, outdoor pool and Hotel Riviera with 2 * which makes a hotel resort and a tennis center with 258 rooms.Valamar Riviera and AZ mandatory pension funds thus continue the successful investment model by which they jointly realized the acquisition of Imperial dd on the island of Rab in 2016, where they invest in the development of Croatian tourism in the synergy of knowledge of the leading tourist company and the pension fund. After the restructuring and reorganization, this year Imperial dd will invest 72 million HRK in the reconstruction of facilities, which started a new development cycle of the company.Related news: VALAMAR RIVIERA GUARANTEES ALL EMPLOYEES A NET INCOME OF A MINIMUM OF 5 THOUSAND HRKlast_img read more


first_img August 03, 2020 Education,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf is dedicating approximately $28 million to postsecondary institutions and adult basic education providers to assist them in implementing public health and safety plans and help them to resume operations in the fall. The funding will be used to help keep students, faculty, and staff safe and assist institutions in meeting the unique challenges of providing instruction during COVID-19.“Students attending postsecondary institutions and participating in adult education programs are eager to return to class, and institutions have been planning for months for a safe return to instruction,” Gov. Wolf said. “This funding will help these institutions, whether they choose to continue to provide remote instruction, return to in-person instruction, or employ a hybrid approach to meet the instructional needs of their students.”The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds.The department determined the distribution of funds based on both the shares of total enrollments by each postsecondary sector and the number of socio-economically disadvantaged students served by institutions. Additionally, $500,000 of the total funds were set aside to provide relief to adult basic education providers.GEER funds can be used toward the safe reopening of schools in light of COVID-19. This may include, but is not limited to, the purchasing protective equipment, hand sanitizer/cleaning products; equipment or technology to take classrooms online; installation of barriers or other protective devices in building structures; or to purchase health apps to assist in contact tracing and monitoring of students.Grant recipients will receive direct communication from PDE with eGrant application instructions.“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the commonwealth’s postsecondary institutions and adult education programs,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Postsecondary opportunities are key to a better life and the social and economic well-being of the state, and we must do everything we can to keep this pathway available for students. These funds will provide relief to our educational institutions at a time of great need.”Pennsylvania is home to nearly 300 postsecondary institutions including 14 community colleges, 14 state-owned institutions, four state-related universities, as well as two Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Additionally, there is a robust sector of private, independent colleges and universities. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) administers state and federal funding to support 47 adult education providers across the commonwealth.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf: $28 Million to Help Higher Education Resume Operationscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgIn a report published today, FAIRR explained that “it is increasingly likely that governments could use some form of taxation to combat meat’s negative contributions to climate change and health epidemics such as obesity and cancer”.“For us as investors, this engagement also helps us to be on top of the developments in this space as well as to identify food companies that proactively invest in innovative solutions.” Sasja Beslik, NordeaInvestors were concerned that overreliance on animal proteins to drive revenue growth was a risk for global food producers, given the prospect of external effects linked to livestock production being priced into stocks.The engagement initiative is also driven by the view that there are opportunities for investors in the plant-based foods and ‘alternative proteins’ market. The investors participating in FAIRR’s campaign were keen to know that companies were on top of this trend and positioning themselves appropriately. Meat or plant-based? Investors want to know what food companies are serving upNordic financial services group Nordea has been part of the engagement project since 2016, and its head of group sustainable finance Sasja Beslik said sustainable protein was a fast-emerging issue for the food industry.“It is important for long-term investors to know if the companies they invest in understand the related risks and opportunities,” he added. “For us as investors, this engagement also helps us to be on top of the developments in this space as well as to identify food companies that proactively invest in innovative solutions.”The campaign’s engagement process involved contacting 16 global food manufacturers and companies by post and email, with follow-up calls held as needed. Secondly, meetings were held with half of the targeted companies. Only one, health foods supermarket chain Whole Foods, did not respond to the investor request. According to today’s report, of the 16 multinationals that were analysed as part of the engagement programme, Nestlé and Tesco were best positioned to benefit from projected growth in the market for alternative proteins. Both companies gave detailed answers to the investors’ questions and held “candid” discussions with investors, FAIRR said.Costco was singled out for its inadequate response to investor requests for information or further meetings, and for failing to recognise protein diversification as a material issue. Asked about the next steps for the engagement, a spokeswoman for FAIRR said: ”We will continue to engage with the existing list of companies to encourage them to build an evidence based, measurable protein diversification strategy, which can be tracked over time.“Given growing interest from investors on adopting protein diversification as a thematic screen, we will also look to add other high profile global retailers and manufacturers for engagement.” Nearly 60 investors have backed an engagement project to push global food companies to use more non-meat-based proteins.Since kicking into action in September 2016 the investor group has grown from 40 investors to 57, with combined assets under management doubling, from $1.25trn to $2.4trn (€1.9trn).Recent new backers include Dutch insurance and pension group Aegon and pan-European asset manager Candriam.The collaborative engagement is coordinated by FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return), an initiative founded by private equity investor Jeremy Coller. Large European pension funds such as Swedish buffer funds AP2, AP3 and AP4 were involved from the beginning, as was Swedish pensions and insurance provider Folksam .last_img read more


first_img The former Los Blancos star, 34, is opening his third Pestana CR7 hotel – to go with ones in Madeira and Lisbon. Loading… Read Also:Ronaldo solves 100 problems for Juventus, says Sarri“Stay tuned for more details. ¡Hasta pronto Madrid! #PestanaCR7 #PestanaCR7GranVia #CR7 #Madrid #GranVia #Spain”.The post was accompanied by two pictures – one of the outside of the hotel and one showing a sneak preview of the rooms.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ronaldo is already hoping to open more hotspots in Marrakech, Manchester, New York and Paris.But the next to be unveiled will be the Madrid branch, with the Pestana CR7 Lifestyle Hotels’ Instagram page revealing the massive update.Entering through the main entrance is like the realisation of a childhood dream for any football aficionado.The reception area is covered with famous programmes from previous World Cups and even virtual Ronaldos who follow you around the hotel.And the Madeira one is equally modern… including corridors lined with artificial grass and LEDs that light up with your step as if you are walking down the tunnel on matchday.It read: “Getting closer and closer to opening our new hotel, the @pestanacr7 Gran Via in Madrid!center_img Cristiano Ronaldo has teased fans with a sneak-peek inside his new Madrid hotel situated on the famous Gran Via.Advertisement Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more