Education leaders have clashed over the scrapping of a scheme in Nottinghamshire which provided subsidised childcare for the families of children with disabilities. A decision was taken today (February 11) to phase out the programme, known as Disabled Children’s Access to Childcare Home Based Packages (DCATCH). The 46 affected families could have to pay an average of £4,300 per child per year to continue with childcare, a Nottinghamshire County Council report found.The Conservative-led council said the scheme has effectively been superseded by other, national schemes which have become available since DCATCH was introduced.But the Labour Party in Nottinghamshire argued the cuts were ‘callous’ and formed a pattern of the council targeting the most vulnerable people in society with its cuts.The council considered scrapping the scheme entirely from March this year, but instead opted for a phased withdrawal.It means new applicants cannot apply, while parents already … [Read more...] about Nottinghamshire County Council scraps disabled childcare subsidy scheme
Photo: Depositphotos.com Around half the government fund to stimulate people to drive electric cars has ended up in the hands of ‘rich Tesla and Jaguar drivers’, the Volkskrant said on Wednesday. Last year, the government said it would fund tax breaks totaling €700m for electric car drivers. But almost half the 25,000 electric cars bought in the Netherlands in 2018 were Teslas and Jaguars with a price tag of €80,000 to €120,000, the paper said. In particular, the sale of Teslas rose 260% last year. The paper bases its claims on answers to MPs’ questions given by tax minister Menno Snel in parliament on Tuesday evening. Prosecco This means that CDA leader Sybrand Buma’s comments that ‘prosecco-drinking Tesla drivers’ have profited from the tax break at the ‘expense of the ordinary man in the street’ are largely true, the paper said. It points out that the subsidies for electric cars are mainly funded by higher … [Read more...] about Electric car subsidies largely benefit ‘rich’ Tesla and Jaguar drivers
People buying electric or hybrid plug-in vehicles in Luxembourg can have even more benefits after the government introduced new incentives for the start of the Autofestival. On Friday, the government announced the tax allowance would be replaced with a subsidy scheme, offering €5,000 refunds on the purchase of 100% electric cars and €2,500 for electric plug-in hybrids with CO2 emissions of 50g/kg or less. People can also get up to €500 in refund on the purchase of an electric quad, motorcycle, light motorcycle (125 cm3) or moped (and pedelec 45). The actual refund is 25% of the cost excluding VAT of the vehicle, but not exceeding €500. The stand-on electric scooter is not included in the scheme. Meanwhile, people buying hydrogen fuel cell cars and vans are also eligible for the €5,000 bonus. The scheme forms part of the government’s strategy to decarbonise transport and promote electromobility. The incentives are offered to people who own and … [Read more...] about Luxembourg rolls out new electric subsidies
Scotland By Louise Andrew BBC Scotland news website 18 March 2017 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-39291959 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Edinburgh is the latest council to announce plans to introduce an on-street cycle hire scheme. … [Read more...] about Do public bike hire schemes work?
Scheme labelled 'RHI on steroids' to be examined BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A public spending watchdog is to carry out an investigation into allegations surrounding another green energy scheme. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/scheme-labelled-rhi-on-steroids-to-be-examined-37649841.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37650365.ece/d53e3/AUTOCROP/h342/2015-01-04_new_5846884_I1.JPG Email A public spending watchdog is to carry out an investigation into allegations surrounding another green energy scheme. Comptroller and auditor general Kieran Donnelly will begin his inquiry into payments in relation to anaerobic digesters in February. The business incentive scheme has been dubbed "RHI on steroids" by environmental campaigners and could lead to payments of more than a billion pounds to UK investors over the next 20 years. According to Friends of the Earth, payments made following the granting of a renewable obligation certificate … [Read more...] about Scheme labelled ‘RHI on steroids’ to be examined