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first_imgThe government has been accused of “sending out mixed messages” on independent living, after it emerged that it wants to charge VAT on the payroll services provided to disabled people who receive direct payments for their social care.Cheshire Centre for Independent Living (CCIL) is having to take HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to the first-tier tribunal to fight off its attempt to force it to charge disabled service-users 20 per cent VAT on top of their monthly fee for using its popular payroll service.The tribunal case is due to be heard in Manchester in early December.Other disabled people’s organisations are also challenging the HMRC VAT demand on their own payroll services, but CCIL’s will be the first to be heard at tribunal.CCIL (pictured) insists that its payroll service – which is used by nearly 3,000 disabled people across the north-west of England who use direct payments to employ personal assistants – should not be subject to VAT under HMRC’s “welfare” exemption.It has been trying to persuade HMRC to withdraw its claim for more than four years, but the government refused even to take the dispute to a mediation service.Tom Hendrie, CCIL’s head of policy and communications, said the imposition of VAT on payroll services was “absolutely not right”, but he said HMRC had refused to see it as qualifying for an exemption and had “really dug their heels in about it”.He said: “It’s a tax on independent living. It goes completely against promoting independent living and trying to keep people at home as long as possible, so the government is sending out really mixed messages.“It’s giving money with one hand and taking it away with the other. It does seem odd to us.“It just further reduces the limited resources disabled people have to lead independent lives at a time when the whole care system is under pressure.“It just seems to us that it’s wrong.”Although the amount charged for the payroll service is not large – clients in Cheshire pay £15 a month – Hendrie said the addition of VAT would still have a significant impact on many service-users of nearly £3 a month.He said: “It’s just another element of the fixed money people have got to manage their support having to go on something else.”And Hendrie warned that a victory for HMRC “could undermine the whole notion of the welfare exemption for VAT”, and could affect many other charities and the services they provide to disabled people.An HMRC spokesman confirmed the case was ongoing, with a tribunal hearing expected later this year.He said: “While I cannot go into specifics about this individual case, I should point out that HMRC’s role is to apply rules around tax and we don’t have discretion to alter them.”He said that VAT was exempt in a range of welfare services, including “the provision of care, to promote the physical or mental welfare of elderly, sick, distressed or disabled people” when provided by organisations devoted to social wellbeing, according to European Union law.But he claimed that VAT had to be paid “on payroll services provided for direct payment and independent living schemes”, which “have never been included within the welfare exemption and have always been standard-rated”.last_img read more

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SF Pushes Ahead with Local Priority for Affordable Housing

first_imgThe city kept the percentage low to avoid running afoul of fair housing laws, federal guidelines that guard against discrimination in housing assignments. They worried that, in a segregated city like San Francisco, drawing too high a percentage of residents from a small geographic area could end up favoring particular minorities.“What is the logic?” said Luis Granados, the executive director of the Mission Economic Development Agency at a small press event before the meeting. “At 40 percent does it still meet fair housing regulations? Or is it 65 percent or is it 85 percent? You basically wonder about the logic behind this proposal.”Granados and others are pushing for higher percentages of neighborhood preference and a less artificial definition of neighborhood, noting that supervisorial districts are political lines that often encompass many communities. But the city says 40 percent at the district level is the best option.“We have done analysis of San Francisco specific data, and we are comfortable that 40 percent at the supervisorial district level maintains a balance between access and neighborhood preference,” said Sophie Hayward, the director of policy and legislative affairs at the Mayor’s Office of Housing. The model was New York, which has had a 50 percent local preference threshold since the 1970s. But after running an analysis on San Francisco, Hayward said that given San Francisco’s segregated neighborhoods, a 50 percent local preference would run the risk of favoring particular minorities for housing.This brought the city down to 25 percent, but when supervisors raised the bar to 40 percent at a committee meeting last week, Hayward said it barely passed muster.“The safest in terms of analysis is still 25 percent,” Hayward said. “That said, when the supervisors ran up to 40 percent, we ran the analysis again and it is fairly safe across all districts.”Still, some community groups say the process has been flawed. “This proposal is not a neighborhood preference, this proposal is a political district preference. It will undermine the very goal of trying to keep black and brown folks in San Francisco,” said Malcolm Yeung, a deputy director with Chinatown Community Development Center, at Monday’s meeting. “We urge the Board to slow this down and to take a look at it and figure out how to actually craft a neighborhood preference.”On the other side, many black community leaders from the Bayview-Hunters Point praised the measure and said it was past time the city enacted a local preference for housing. “It’s time this city do the right thing by black people who were targeted by redevelopment, who have been victims of injustice because of the lottery system,” said Amos Brown, a pastor and board member of the San Francisco National Association of the Advancement of Colored People. “It’s a shame before God that since 1970, we have lost 60,000 African-Americans from this city,” he said. “Now’s the time. As Nike said, ‘Just do it’ — and give us our 40 percent.”The measure will go to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote on November 17 and will likely be voted on again December 3. If it passes, Hayward said it would go into effect in early 2016. The three-member Land Use Committee voted unanimously yesterday to recommend neighborhood preference for affordable housing. The policy would ensure that 40 percent of new affordable housing in a supervisorial district be reserved for former residents of that district.“This is incredibly bold and important legislation for the residents of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen, calling particular attention to the decade-long displacement of the black population from the city. “The consequences of [the current] system have been devastating to communities, particularly the African-American community, who have been leaving the city at an incredibly alarming rate.”The legislation, which was recommended by the Planning Commission last month, creates a local preference for residents seeking entry into affordable housing units. Under the new legislation, 40 percent of such units would be reserved for those living within the supervisorial district of the project they are applying for, plus a half-mile buffer around a particular project. That’s a change from an earlier version that reserved just 25 percent of units for neighborhood preference. The increase has some questioning if it could go even higher. Tags: Affordable Housing • Board of Supervisors • housing • meda • San Francisco • San Francisco Planning Department • sf Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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TICKETS are on sale for a number of Saints fixtur

first_imgTICKETS are on sale for a number of Saints’ fixtures over the next two months.You can now secure your seat for the Club’s away trips to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Sunday July 10, 3.30pm) and Castleford Tigers (Sunday July 31, 3.30pm) as well as our home matches against Catalans Dragons (Friday July 15, 8pm) and Huddersfield Giants (Aug 12, 8pm)Details of the ticket prices for the Challenge Cup Quarter Final match with Hull KR (Sunday July 24, 3pm) are also available.All the latest ticket availability can be found here.You can get yours from the Saints Ticket office in St Helens Town Centre (Brownlow Arcade), by calling 01744 455 052 or buy logging on here.last_img read more

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SAINTS Chairman was officially made a Freeman of t

first_imgSAINTS Chairman was officially made a Freeman of the Borough of St.Helens, for his service to sport, at a ceremony held at St.Helens Parish Church last week.Eamonn stated: “It was a moving and emotional event for me. To be made a Freeman of my home town, and a town which means so much to me, is a great honour, particularly when you realise how few people have been made Freemen over the last 150 years of the town’s history.“In addition to thanking the Borough Council, I would pay tribute to the people of St. Helens and the fans of the Saints. It is their desire for a great team and for a great stadium that has motivated me over the years and it is only through their support that I have been able to contribute.“My family were equally proud on my behalf and it was particularly pleasing that my daughter Anne flew back from Hong Kong, where she lives and works, to be with me on such an important night.Pictured are Eamonn with wife Betty, daughter Anne and son Shaun.last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Sup

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Super League Elimination Semi Final at Leeds Rhinos.Joe Greenwood comes in for Anthony Walker in the only change from last week’s 19 man roster.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tommy Makinson, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 36. Stuart Howarth.Brian McDermott will choose his Leeds side from:1. Zak Hardaker, 2. Ben Jones-Bishop, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 15. Brett Delaney, 16. Ryan Bailey, 17. Ian Kirke, 18. Chris Clarkson, 19. Mitch Achurch, 23. Brad Singleton, 26. Liam Sutcliffe.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack: Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield has scored points in fifteen consecutive games against St Helens, a streak which started in the 2008 Super League Grand Final. He last failed to score in the 2008 Qualifying Semi-Final at Knowsley Road, where he missed his one goal attempt in a 38-10 defeat.Friday’s game will be only the second time the clubs have met in the play-offs at Headingley – Leeds emerged victorious, 44-16, in the 1998 Final Eliminator.St Helens have won on their last three visits to Headingley however, with the Rhinos’ last home win against the Saints coming 28-24 on 3 July, 2010.Last 10 Meetings:Leeds 22, St Helens 30 (SLR15, 20/5/13)St Helens 12, Leeds 20 (SLR5, 1/3/13)Leeds 18, St Helens 31 (SLR14, 21/5/12)St Helens 46, Leeds 6 (SLR8, 25/3/12)Leeds 32, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 8/10/11) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 42, Leeds 16 (SLR16, 3/6/11) (at Stobart Stadium, Widnes)Leeds 16, St Helens 30 (SLR6, 19/3/11)Leeds 32, St Helens 28 (CCSF, 7/8/10) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Leeds 28, St Helens 24 (SLR20, 3/7/10)St Helens 41, Leeds 20 (SLR12, 24/4/10)Previous Play-off Meetings:Leeds 32, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 8/10/11) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Leeds 18, St Helens 10 (SLGF, 10/10/09) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Leeds 24, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 4/10/08) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 38, Leeds 10 (SLQSF, 19/9/08)Leeds 33, St Helens 6 (SLGF, 13/10/07) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 10, Leeds 8 (SLQSF, 28/9/07)St Helens 16, Leeds 19 (SLQSF, 30/9/05)St Helens 38, Leeds 30 (SLEPO, 22/9/01)St Helens 38, Leeds 14 (SLQPO, 17/9/99)Leeds 44, St Helens 16 (SLFE, 18/10/98)Super League Summary:Leeds won 24 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998 and 2005 play-offs)St Helens won 28 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Personal Milestones:Paul Wellens remains one point away from 1,000 in his career. He has scored 953 points (218 tries, 40 goals, 1 field goal) for St Helens since 1998. He has also scored points for Great Britain (18 – 4 tries, 1 goal), England (16 – 4 tries) and Lancashire (12 – 3 tries).Ade Gardner needs one try to reach 200 career touchdowns. His total of 199 has been scored as follows: 173 for St Helens (2002-2013), 15 for Barrow (2000-2001), 2 for Great Britain (2006-2007), 2 for England (2008) and 7 for England ‘A’ (2002-2003). He has also made three non-scoring appearances for Cumbria (2003-2004 & 2010).Francis Meli needs one try to reach 150 whilst in the British game. He has touched down 145 times for St Helens since 2006, to go with 4 tries for The Exiles (2011-2012). He is also 12 points away from 500 points in Super League (488 for St Helens, 2006-2013).Adam Swift (1-1-1-2-3) has scored tries in Saints’ last five games.last_img read more

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The winger replaces Ryan Morgan who has been ruled

first_imgThe winger replaces Ryan Morgan who has been ruled out through injury.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 23. Ben Barba.Steve McNamara will choose his 17 from:1. David Mead, 2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Iain Thornley, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Rémi Casty, 12. Benjamin Garcia, 13. Greg Bird, 14. Julian Bousquet, 15. Mickael Simon, 16. Vincent Duport, 17. Jason Baitieri, 18. Thibaud Margalet, 19. Michael McIlorum, 20. Lewis Tierney, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 22. Lucas Albert, 23. Antoni Maria, 24. Alrix Da Costa.The game kicks off at 5.05pm (UK time) and the referee will be Phil Bentham whilst our 19s take on their Catalans counterparts at 3pm (UK time).Derek Traynor’s 17 will be chosen from:Alex Eckley, Ben Sims, Brandon O’Neill, Callum Hazzard, Cameron Brown, Chris Follin, Elliott Jenkins, Jack Welsby, Jake Wingfield, John Hutchings, Jorge Lewtas, Joseph Sharratt, Josh Simm, Kian Horridge, Luke Maloney-Ward, Matthew Foster, Paul Nash, Sam Royle, Thomas Nisbet.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE The 4 Day Proposal

first_imgOGDEN, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County couple is celebrating 50 years of marriage this month. They are truly a case of love at first sight and got engaged after one date! WWAY’s Daniel Seamans introduces you to our Extraordinary “Couple” of the Week.Imagine sitting in a barber chair and while you stare out the window, you see the love of your life walk by. What do you do? You fall in love.- Advertisement – “I was getting a haircut at the barber shop and she walked by,” Ron Reeves told Daniel Seamans about the day he met his wife.The year was 1967 and it was truly love at first sight.“I took her home,” Ron said.“Wait, wait, wait!” his wife laughed. “Don’t say ‘take her home.’ 50 years ago that was a no no. Let me stop him right there,” she continued. He did not take me home.” The couple has a great sense of humor.Related Article: Injured gymnast sets goal: To walk down aisle at her weddingRon and Maggie Reeves met just outside that barber shop. “She was walking to the bus and I stopped her, I offered her a ride, she agreed,” Ron said.And they got into the car as the love story hit the road.“By the time we got to my house,” Maggie said. “He knew everything about me, cus I’m a talker.”That day became their first date that involved Ron taking Maggie’s four kids to the clinic and helping them with school work.Ron wasted no time letting her know how he felt.“How long until you proposed to this woman?” Daniel asked. “The 1st week,” Ron said. “4 days. 4 days. I was leaving town for three months going to school so I wanted to make sure she was waiting on me, so I went ahead and popped the question.”Four days after first sight. “My mom said no no no no, please tell him no. He’s got something up his sleeve. I know he was something up his sleeve,” Maggie joked. “So I told him yes.”50 years later they have 8 kids and 24 grandkids.They also have a bond they attribute to strong faith, allowing each other to be who they are, “and commitment,” Ron said with Maggie nodding in agreement. “Commitment plays a big part in staying together and not letting anything anhything interfere with you marriage.”50 years after four days and still madly in love. Happy Anniversary Ron and Maggie! You two are Extraordinary.By the way, Ron worked many jobs over the years to support his growing family. He was a medic, officer, and helicopter pilot in the military. He later went to college to become a superintendent of the postal operations in Shallotte and there were many side jobs in between.last_img read more

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Pet Pals 2 Chihuahuas and 3 cats looking for homes

first_img Carmen is also a Chihuahua. She and Cortez are best friends and must be adopted together. Carmen is a spayed 6-year-old female with a tri-color coat. She’s also looking for a low maintenance relationship and wants to find a forever friend.There are also some cats looking for homes.First is a 5-year-old neutered male domestic shorthair. He has a black coat and bright yellow eyes. He’s peaceful and loves to spend the day in bed or on a warm windowsill.Related Article: Pet Pals: 5-year-old Alaskan Malamute looking for a homeThen, there is a 7-month-old neutered domestic shorthair. He has a white and grey coat. The shelter calls him sweet as pie.. And incredibly playful. He’s happy with the simplest of toys, like a cardboard box.Lastly, there is a 7-month-old neutered grey tabby. He’s the perfect mixture of sweet and salty. Shelter staff says he’s affectionate and eager to make his future owner happy.To meet any of these animals and see if they’d be perfect for your home, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. Their hours vary during the holiday season so it’s best to call in advance.County residents can adopt for $70.To see other animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This week, we are featuring multiple pets from New Hanover County Animal Services. All of these four-legged friends are looking for forever homes.Cortez is a 5-year-old neutered male Chihuahua with a black and tan coat. He is looking for a low maintenance relationship where he can walk by your side.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Paul Cairney no longer employed with UNCW

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After he was accused of sexual misconduct on two separate occasions during his time with UNCW, long-time UNCW Women’s soccer coach Paul Cairney is no longer with the program.A school spokesperson confirmed the move today to WWAY, but would not say whether he was fired or resigned.- Advertisement – Last December, the school learned Cairney had been accused of sexual misconduct by a female attendee of a soccer camp in 1997 and placed him on paid administrative leave.After an investigation by the school and the SBI, the school also learned of a second misconduct claim against Cairney from 2004 made by a member of the university’s athletic department.Cairney has been part of the UNCW Women’s soccer program since its inception in 1994.last_img read more

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