Cabinet ministers including Sajid Javid and Michael Gove have threatened a revolt if Theresa May U-turns on her promise to leave the customs union post-Brexit. Following reports over the weekend that Prime Minister Theresa May could bow to parliamentary pressure and maintain a customs union with the EU, after the House of Lords voted to keep such an option open last week in an embarrassing defeat for the government, Javid quickly dismissed the idea on Twitter. The housing and local government secretary said that the "British people gave politicians clear instructions" when they voted to leave the EU, and that the customs union was an "intrinsic part of the EU". Read more: Government admits the UK could rejoin the EU's customs union after Brexit "Britain must leave [the customs union] and be able to negotiate and sign [its] own trade deals," he tweeted. Michael Gove, secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, later stood by Javid's words in a clear warning to May. … [Read more...] about Sajid Javid and Michael Gove blast May’s plans to U-turn on leaving the customs union
A new campaign group has written to Sajid Javid to ask for Northamptonshire's voluntary sector to be listened to when commissioners take over the county council. Voluntary Voices, formed to provide a voice for the county's voluntary sector users, has consulted with more than 40 local organisations to identify key concerns and says it is now essential that their opinions and those of their service users are heard.The group says it wants to work in partnership with the Government-appointed commissioners and believes the lack of consultation with the sector by both the county and district councils has had an "extremely negative effect" on local groups and individuals with the greatest need."The voluntary sector in Northamptonshire is under severe pressure," a Voluntary Voices spokesperson."The situation at the county council means that this is a crucial time for the services we provide across the county."We want to work in partnership with the commissioners to secure the future of the … [Read more...] about Northamptonshire voluntary sector campaigners write to Sajid Javid demanding to be heard
PUBLISHED: 13:19 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:28 09 April 2018 Harry Taylor Sajid Javid speaks to a passer-by while being interviewed by the Ham& High in Finchley Road. Picture: Harry Taylor Harry Taylor The government’s communities secretary has condemned Camden Council’s handling of the Chalcots Estate evacuation, and said the council needed to be clearer about the government support they want. During a campaign visit to Camden on Saturday, Sajid Javid said the council had tried to avoid the blame for any problems on the estate. “It’s important to remember there were multiple fire safety failures, including 1000 fire doors that were found to be inadequate. That’s a failing of the local council. “For a long time the council wanted to deny any responsibility for it, and that didn’t help build local confidence.” He also said he believed residents felt they hadn’t been looked after properly. “People have a right to … [Read more...] about Communities and housing secretary Sajid Javid slams Camden Council’s Chalcots handling
Cindy Yu 8 April 2018 7:22 PM 8 April 2018 7:22 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Earlier on this morning, Andrew Marr tried his hand at Urdu. Or was it Punjabi? In any case, he made a point of introducing Lancashire-born and bred Minister Sajid Javid as ‘Sajeed Javeed’. The Communities Secretary didn’t flinch – as you’d expect, given that this is definitely not the first time his name has been mispronounced. He’s probably given up correcting people, or even noticing mispronunciations. But his name is hardly a tongue twister: he’s a northerner, his name rhymes with avid. As all schoolchildren know, words ending in –id are pronounced with a short ‘i’. Lid, kid, hid, quid. So where did Sajeed Javeed come from? As a member of the club of British people with problematic first names, I can appreciate the problem. Growing up in China, I didn’t realise that Xiaodan, my Chinese name, … [Read more...] about When will people learn to pronounce Sajid Javid’s name properly?
HOME-buyers will get extra protection against gazumping under new rules to tame rogue estate agents. Housing Secretary Sajid Javid is to overhaul the market to cut delays, stress and uncertainty which can increase the costs of moving home. Dodgy tactics used by some sellers and agents contribute to over a quarter of house sales falling through every year. Mr Javid wants to encourage voluntary reservation agreements to crack down on gazumping, where buyers are held to ransom by a sudden higher bid just before contracts are exchanged. He also wants to set a timeline for council searches so buyers get the information they need within 10 days. And he will require agents and freeholders to provide up-to-date lease information for a set fee to an agreed timetable. This will end the current situation of leaseholders held at the mercy of agents. MOST READ IN PROPERTYBRICKING IT Couple bought first home for £235k age 23 - but they made one BIG sacrifice PUBLIC PROPERTY How to apply for … [Read more...] about Sajid Javid will overhaul housing market to stop buyers from being gazumped