Councillors have hit out at Police Scotland for refusing to help pick up the bill for maintaining the region’s closed-circuit television camera network. A meeting of Scottish Borders Council’s executive committee on Tuesday heard that the region’s CCTV network is no longer fit for purpose, and councillors were asked to note that the authority can no longer afford to install and maintain cameras in public spaces.Police Scotland currently make no contribution to the cost of running the region’s town centre CCTV systems and have indicated that they will not help pay to replace the outdated systems despite acknowledging that they are a valuable resource for officers in the Borders.Galashiels councillor Sandy Aitchison told the committee: “We’re contributing funding for two community action police teams here in the Borders, and Police Scotland are telling us they won’t contribute to CCTV in the region to help protect our communities.“I just … [Read more...] about Police being asked to help foot bill for CCTV in Borders
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Campaigners last night demanded MPs who pocketed vast sums after flogging their taxpayer-subsidised homes pay back the cash. On the 10th anniversary of the Westminster expenses scandal that shocked Britain, the Mirror can reveal 160 politicians raked in more than £42million in profits selling properties public money helped fund. Among them are Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who made £870,000 on two homes, ex-Cabinet minister Maria Miller, who collected more than £1.2million, Tory Graham Brady and Labour ’s Hugh Bayley. These are the properties on which politicians reclaimed thousands of pounds in mortgage interest payments at public expense under the discredited old expenses system. Under parliamentary rules they are entitled to keep the money. But with trust in politicians still low after the expenses scandal and the ongoing Brexit shambles, critics insist if MPs want to regain trust they should hand the money to the Treasury. Former chairman of the … [Read more...] about MPs make £42 million in profit selling second homes you helped pay for
FORMULA milk is so expensive that for one mum struggling to cover the cost of feeding her nine-month-old she has been forced to water it down. Full-time mum-of-two Hayley, from Kent, has to rely on her partner's wage to provide for the family and admitted that they are so broke she sometimes doesn't eat just so their children don't go without. Speaking to new mum Kate Quilton, host of Channel 4's Dispatches: The Great Formula Milk Scandal, Hayley makes the startling confession. Explaining that her partner earns £1,000 a month with £900 of that going on bills, they have to make the £100 left over work extra hard. "Some days I just wouldn’t eat. I would let my girls eat," she said. "It’s heartbreaking to see your baby cry because you can’t afford her milk. She was starving." Asked by Kate how Hayley would do to make the formula last, she became tearful as she admitted she had to add extra water. "I just have to make it stretch... It’s … [Read more...] about Stay-at-home mum who has just £100 to live off a month after paying bills reveals she waters down her baby’s formula milk to make it last longer
PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:00 01 March 2019 Jon Hook Luckily, with some forward planning, there are steps that can be taken to minimise the amount of CGT that is payable, says Jon Hook. Picture: Getty Images Jon Hook, from Norwich Accountancy Services, discusses how you can minimise CGT on buy-to-let properties. Upon selling your only or main home there is usually no capital gains tax (CGT) to pay, regardless of the size of the gain. But the same is not true when an investment property, such as a buy-to-let or a holiday home, is sold or otherwise disposed of, realising a gain.Luckily, with some forward planning there are steps that can be taken to minimise the amount of CGT that is payable:1. A key step is to live in the property as a main residence ‘for a time’. Not only does this allow for the main residence exemption but also ‘shelters’ the final period of ownership and brings ‘lettings relief’ into play which can be … [Read more...] about Do I need to pay CGT on my buy-to-let property?
THE UK Met Office is predicting heavy snow today and a cold snap that could last the week. That means plenty of us will be reaching for the thermostats in an attempt to keep ourselves warm. Rising fuel bills are part of the reason that 2.55million households in the UK are trapped in fuel poverty, according to Government analysis. That means more than one in 10 households in the UK are forced below the poverty line by expensive energy bills. But if you're worried you won't be able to afford to keep your house warm - don't panic. There are plenty of sources of support available. Here's the main ways you can get help. Winter fuel payments - get up to £300 Eligible pensioners can receive annual one-off payments from the government of between £100 and £300. To qualify, you need to have been born on or before November 5 1953. You also need to have lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 17 to 23 September 2018 - this is called the "qualifying week". How much … [Read more...] about How to get help paying your energy bills this winter – and save over £1,000