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  1. 4 points
    You can tell it's Marine drive by the guy in the background about to launch an old Indesit fridge freezer over the side.
  2. 3 points
    One could argue that we need more high-end hospitality venues to satisfy the appetites of high-earning residents / immigrants, and that these need staff; but I don't buy that argument. Whilst there are those who bemoan the lack of venues on the island I think that capacity is sufficient even if diversity is limited and that more venues would simply reduce the viability of those which already exist.
  3. 3 points
    I did ask the Minister for Policy Reform if he / Government had a figure, and the answer was no. He himself had a rough idea / gut feel of where the threshold might be - and it was, like my estimate, a lot higher than the minimum £25K salary point at which Gov't starts subsidising immigrant workers. Of course those immigrant workers may contribute massively in the future if they go on to earn high wages in a highly paid industry, which was the basis of subsidising IT / e-Gaming workers. The same model doesn't work for the hospitality industry. There has been a repeated mantra from big employers / CoC that they need more (cheap) workers - and it's probably true, but it doesn't make much sense from a national perspective. Unless there is a secret plan to raise income taxes I think DfE is bowing to employer pressure at the expense of those of us already here.
  4. 3 points
    Unless I've missed it, nobody has a reliable figure for the income threshold at which a taxpayer becomes a net contributor to the public purse. Each person on the island costs the state money, which is provided by taxpayers through ITIP, NI, VAT, Duty etc. - however the lower-earning taxpayers don't pay as much tax as they cost the state. There is a fundamental tax shortfall problem in importing lower-paid workers even before the subsidy. Import a chef with wife & two young kids for the schools and healthcare to cope with and he's got to earn a heck of a lot (in relation to chef's salaries) in order to cover the cost of the family to the state before the state makes a profit. Difficult to determine exactly where that threshold is, and of course it varies depending on individual family circumstances - our best bet is to import high-earning single people or DINKies - but I think from my previous attempts to estimate it that it's probably at a substantially higher income than most hospitality work offers. Get it wrong (and I suspect the Gov't has got it wrong) and these schemes risk actually subsidising a net drain on the public purse because Gov't is looking at the potential increase in revenue without taking into account the consequential larger increase in overheads. In 2017 Gov't announced that it was spending £12,277 per head for the c. 83,000 population https://www.gov.im/news/2017/feb/21/spending-equates-to-12277-per-person/ - so the c. 43,000 of us who are "economically active" somehow directly or indirectly need to contribute an average of £23,697 e.a. to the treasury. That's tough if you're a chef on £30K.
  5. 3 points
    Is that the post that adorned Gladys's bloomers?
  6. 2 points
    There’s potentially an opportunity cost. Without a certain cohort of workers, there’s an impact on the overall business model which would inhibit profits - but there’s no corporate tax.. The only logic for tourism is that by ensuring there are functional hotels, this facilitates holiday makers and business travellers, who on average spend ‘x’ for their travel, accommodation and discretionary spend. That’s potentially an ROI on top of income tax and VAT, minus citizen overhead. This assumes lack of staff is the limiting factor, which I do not doubt is an issue for hotels and business. An incentive suggests it’s seen as a national issue, or purely a mechanism to help businesses reach potential - which is where it becomes emotive, and why one sector benefits over the other.
  7. 2 points
    .....but very much less so if paid from the public purse in a transparent manner ! Millions is paid here every year in grants and subsidies, but no one is permitted to know why or to whom, in my opinion this secrecy is actually counterproductive, and leads to suspicion of misuse of public money. The situation is compounded when front line services are starved of cash.
  8. 2 points
    Nearly there! Happy New Year!
  9. 2 points
    There's a disconnect because people know voting is pointless. You just change one lot of temporary public figures for another and meanwhile the permanent government comes under the remit of the British Crown (not Tynwald) continues on its own trajectory regardless of who we vote for. True power in the Isle of Man is with those who have money. We are a plutocracy, not a representative democracy. Our "independence" and "oldest parliament" are a fiction, a sham to justify our offshore tax status. Truth be told, we're just a colony of the UK with a few constitutional modifications to enable the rich to avoid HMRC.
  10. 1 point
    You would hope the economists, statisticians and other folks have modelled the scenarios sufficiently enough to understand how this plays out. The basics are straight forward enough, which would make you question why, with a level of basic analysis, they’d knowingly push the Island towards an economic precipice. That’s not a naive view by the way, but one laced with optimism. There must be other factors, one would hope.
  11. 1 point
    Violent Likely to become violent Incapable of understanding Communicable disease without a mamgement plan. Failure to comply with reasonable instructions. These are a starter for ten. If the person urinates in their cell without a loo, but nobody gets hurt then that is a win. But none of us were there.
  12. 1 point
    Will employers simply cut their pay offer to take account of the subsidy? OK, the employee still gets the higher rate for a year, the employer then has to decide if they will pay the equivalent or, ie, OR, apply for a new recruit and subsidy! Tempting? We don't know the bones of the system but it seems to be aimed at top chefs rather than H&B chefs who would be lucky to get the 25k minimum and yet, the cafe/restaurant and ethnic market is an important part of the dining out scene. Swap cheffing for an office job??? A 30 something chef ( and their family ), will be used to the hours required. more likel;y to switch restaurants than jobs. The scheme is aimed at bringing workers onto the Island rather than rewarding people already here. It is, once again, aimed at rewarding the top end of the market rather than the lower end to give those workers a fillip in their career advancement!
  13. 1 point
    It happens anyway. One of the main reasons for the lack of people wanting to work in hospitality in the IOM is this - they come here as a chef or front of house worker from the UK or elsewhere. They often work long hours 7 days a week in stressful public facing jobs and don’t get paid that well and then after they’ve been here about a year they speak with people and realize they could do some shit job for Barclays on the same money, with a pension, and not have to work 7 days a week or late hours. Subsidizing these people will not change that. They’ll still move on. Whilst the banks are happy to recruit people with next to no experience or qualifications for fairly boring jobs on similar rates of pay the hospitality industry in the IOM will always suffer to recruit. it ain’t rocket science. Most normal people have worked it out. That often discounts the DfE executive who seem to have bought into this crap though!
  14. 1 point
    But they are record levels in any case, yes? Guardian logic again.
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  17. 1 point
    To be fair - yes I was. i designed the block, with my team, from the ground up. It meets every standard. The 20 cells are set out with 18 toilets, and two without, which based on the assessment of the detainee can be utilized for forensic evidence security or management of risk. The way the detainee is managed whilst in custody is the responsibility of the custody sergeant, with reference to the College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice. https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/detention-and-custody-2/ when the detainee comes in, they are subject to a full and rigorous risk assessment, which considers the threat and risk to themselves and others who may come into contact with them. For example, an individual who posed a high risk of self harm may be placed in a risk suit instead of their own clothing, and then placed in a cell without toilet facilities. To enhance this, they may even be put on close proximity watch, where the door is propped open and an officer sits with them, monitoring their welfare. On top of this, a call out of the Forensic Medical Examiner (specially trained doctor) would be expedited, and in conjunction with them, a care plan would be developed. at the point of disposal - when the detainee is charged or otherwise and released or held in custody, a pre- release risk assessment is carried out. This is crucial to ensure that there is no prevailing risk. This is done in conjunction with doctors, social services and other specialists as appropriate, to make sure that post release, the individuals welfare needs continue to be met. For example, can they get home, is there someone to keep an eye on them, or are we just going to kick them out the door to fend for themselves? The training and management of custody is one of the most important business areas of the police. It is where the highest risk of death during police contact is managed. I took over after the Davidson death, and worked bloody hard to get the function up to the very highest standards. I can’t comment on how it might be operated today.
  18. 1 point
    oh yes, the Office of Fuck Taxpayers
  19. 1 point
    That’s really helpful. Quayle, Moorhouse, and Cregeen sorted. Thanks.
  20. 1 point
    I don't dispute that, quite the opposite in fact. That was the essence of my point. Beyond the felt museums, monorails, fire the civil servants and there's a boat in the morning - there is substance. The challenge is to identify the well thought out suggestions and methods, going back years, in amongst the noise, sock puppets of yesteryear, and the many derailed threads. I was thinking along the lines of, set out the Island's challenges, or just one - and the clever folks propose solutions. Contributors can vote up or down. Crowd-sourced economic inspiration.
  21. 1 point
    .............I rather think that if you wish to look back over previous discussions you will find many well thought out suggestions and methods of enhancing business to the benefit of ALL on the island..........there really are some clever folks on this forum with plenty of business skills and experience............
  22. 1 point
    The Bloomberg piece that photo of Farage came from (I'll not inflict it on the world again) is very interesting isn't it? There are clearly some people who have already done very well out of Brexit, whether it happens or not.
  23. 1 point
    We won't starve. We'll eat Howard.
  24. 1 point
    Nothing like the real thing, fella. You'll struggle to improve your game playing the AI. Proper full-size board and a mate who's better at it than you.
  25. 1 point
    You might get under Notty's skin, but you don't rile me. What are you? Nine years old and slightly retarded?