Mid Ulster councillors have welcomed an announcement by the Department of Finance that a major review of the business rates system is to be carried out. A delegation from the local District Council recently met with department officials to highlight their concerns that high rates were contributing to the decline of town centres.Sue Gray, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Finance, said: “In recent years, significant changes have taken place in our high streets and town centres.“It is critical from a business perspective, as well as a government funding perspective, that our rating system is capable of responding to this wider process of change. That’s why today I am announcing a full and comprehensive review of business rates.“We must create a rating system which generates the funding our public services need while supporting businesses in all sector and enabling economic growth right across Northern Ireland. “In an environment where we are working … [Read more...] about Councillors welcome move on ‘outdated’ business rates
The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland yesterday issued an important ruling. In a unanimous verdict, judges upheld a lower court that had rejected claims by a nationalist woman that flying the Union flag on designated days about a courthouse was discriminatory.The ruling is welcome, as is the fact that no judge so far has been persuaded of it. But the very fact that cases like this are coming through, and keep coming through on a range of issues, typically funded by legal aid, is troubling.Imagine a scenario in which the complainant had won, and had persuaded the court that flying the Union flag denied her equal treatment.What would then have needed to happen, and urgently, would have been legislation to ensure that the flag of the United Kingdom can fly above official buildings.There is no guarantee whatsoever that even a Conservative and unionist government would have the stomach for any such legislation.Of course on this occasion it has not come to that, or anything close to it. … [Read more...] about A welcome ruling on flying flags, in a troubling legal case
“I saw Iceland out of the airplane and it was incredibly beautiful and unlike what we’ve been told. They said it would be cold and snowy but it was nothing like that,” Syrian Mohammad al-Hajji told a RÚV reporter upon arriving to the country. His family is one of five that arrived this morning as part of Iceland’s annual refugee quota. Nine Syrian families – 44 men, women, and children – arrived in Iceland yesterday and today, after a long trip from Lebanon, where they have been living. The families will be settled in Hvammstangi and Blönduós, North Iceland. While Hvammstangi has a population of around 600 residents, Blönduós boasts around 900. Furniture assembly at full steam Meanwhile, in North Iceland, local residents have been excitedly preparing for the families’ arrival. Guðrún Margrét Guðmundsdóttir, project manager via the Red Cross, says the preparation has involved a lot of work from … [Read more...] about Nine Refugee Families Welcomed to Iceland
0 Post a comment Wednesday, 15 May 2019 - Business by Contributed Item - Contributed Item @twitter.com/gem_news [email protected] Vale AM Jane Hutt welcomed Purple Shoots to the Senedd for their event, ‘Does Poverty Mean Exclusion’, looking at the impact Purple Shoots has had in Wales by helping people access affordable finance to start a business. Ms Hutt said: “It was great to welcome my award-winning constituent Karen Davies and the Purple Shoots team to the Senedd to hear about the impact their work is having on people across Wales to lift them out of poverty and allow them to start their own business, by giving over £1 million loans to 500 beneficiaries and taking people off benefits and into business and employment.” Add Comment … [Read more...] about AM welcomes Purple Shoots to the Senedd
The Blue Flag is flying high once again in Cleethorpes as the resort’s Central beach, from Wonderland through to the leisure centre, has secured the prestigious international award for water quality. In addition to securing the 2019 Blue Flag status, Cleethorpes has also achieved two Seaside Awards for beaches beyond the leisure centre and at Humberston Fitties for their fantastic facilities and cleanliness. Councillor Callum Procter, new cabinet member for tourism said: “I am delighted with the news that Cleethorpes has once again been given this prestigious award. "It reflects the hard work and dedication of staff to maintain consistently high standards. “The award acts as a guarantee to tourists that the beach they are visiting meets international water quality tests and that the facilities are well managed, safe and welcoming.” He added: “I would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who has worked hard to help us achieve … [Read more...] about Welcome to award-winning Cleethorpes beach!