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  1. Am pretty sure Salisbury Street had some provision maybe 5 rooms for Dementia cases as will the proposed new one but both are predominately Care Homes not Nursing Homes like Elder Grange and Springfield Grange but my whole argument concerns the extremely and needless inflated costs. We simply cannot afford this sort of extravagance.
  2. As it was developed privately before the Government bought it from them would the private developer not have had to do some deal with the Government to acquire the site ?
  3. Not disputing the need just the incredible cost especially in comparison to the privately developed Salisbury St one where the build cost must also have included a cost for acquiring the site whereas the Government already owned this site. With all the covad support costs coming out of our NI reserves they are soon going to say they cant pay pensions. They need to be conservative and not produce these grandiose schemes which I bet will also finish over budget just like the Hospital Prom Liverpool steam packet terminal etc etc
  4. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/dhsc-seeks-approval-for-11-7m-care-home-construction/ Under current reduced circumstances how can they justify spending this amount of tax payers money on a new 60 bed Care Home (£200,000 per room). The last one was Salisbury Street with 68 rooms built by private developer for about £5.6m but then bought by the Government for £7.9m. Even at £7.9m each room only cost £116,000. Surely the £12m of tax payers money is way over the top and the project cost could be halved - let the Salisbury Street developers do it ! http
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-23058917 So Inverness have negotiated a five year deal with EasyJet - what are Reynolds and Cretney doing are we last in line as usual ?
  6. We must remember that using Manx Airlines during the 1980's the cheapest return tickets to Heathrow were ITX tickets which should have been combined with a hotel stay or car hire and those were around the £170 mark with other tickets running anywhere from £225 to £400 . People realised that was the price and paid it. Now everyone expects cut price tickets and suddenly we find airlines are pulling out because they are losing money. We live on a small Island and to sustain our air links we have to expect to pay higher prices than on the more mainstream routes such as London to Paris. It is
  7. Well looks like BA timetables are in now. Severely reduced service from IOM to LCY from September 1st with no early morning flights at all. We are going to be marooned on this rock.
  8. veuve

    Bay Festival

    If in fact the 66 by 104 metre tent has been booked and is coming for the Elton John performance surely most of the tent cost is the transport and assembly and that being the case why cant either the Elton John promoters or Irving continue with the Westlife concert. Irving I believe at one stage did say the 4500 Westlife tickets on offer had been sold out so they were releasing a final batch ? If he was telling the truth (?) that is £200k + in ticket sales and should be enough to cover the Westlife costs and pay a contribution to the cost of the tent. One must presume that if the tent is c
  9. There are Banks in the UK that will open accounts for non-residents. HBOS is one and gives rates better than BOSI on Island http://www.bankofscotlandhalifax.co.uk/savings/nonukcustomerrates.asp Unless you open a time deposit of £50k or more which automatically pays gross interest you need to complete an R105 form which allows them to pay gross interest on smaller accounts. There are other Banks that will offer accounts as well such as NatWest, Liverpool Victoria and others. Nationwide of course will not and just refers you back to Nationwide International in Douglas whose rates and rang
  10. Not true at all. It is extremely difficult for anyone who does not have a UK address to oopen a bank a/c in the UK Just ring up Lloyds Banks HQ for one. Ask for Jane Fowler she will explain this to you. ( and direct you to Lloyds international IOM) It is difficult especially to do it by mail but walk in to any of the Banks in Liverpool with your passport utility bill and cheque book and they will sort you out very quickly. Also a good idea to print off the form for Gross Interest (for a non resident) from HMRC site and take it with you as the banks often do not have the for
  11. In that case you must live in the UK since only UK residents can bank there. So what's your angle ? Why are you so interested in this story ? It's incredibly crass telling people how much money you've got in your account and completely unnecessary in this context since it adds nothing to your point. Oh - and IOM rates are not significantly higher than UK money market rates currently with the exception of the Irish Banks. It is perfectly possible for an Isle of Man (or any expat) to open Bank Accounts in the UK. The problem is that you have to work at it and not be fobbed off. Y
  12. It may be a small Bank in Ireland but it is important news as far as the Island is concerned. We have AIB BOI and also Irish Permanent and Irish Nationwide all having operations on the Island and Licensed by the FSC. It is doubtful if the Irish Government could stand behind all of them and the Irish Depositor Guarantee only kicks in AFTER any local Depositor Protection Scheme has been used meaning that the IOM Scheme (or effectively us as taxpayers) will be responsible for the first £50k should one of the above be allowed to fail. AIB and BOI are important institutions, but the other two ..
  13. Why has the Nationalisation of Anglo Irish not been covered by either Manx radio or Isle of Man Newspapers. Do they have a "D" notice procedure to hide bad news ? In this case maybe to prevent a run on the other Irish Banks on the Island ... http://www.ireland.com/home/Mixed_reaction...rnewsirishtimes
  14. That is not what it says. The paper says that the scheme manager (the FSC) has the power to borrow money either commercially or from government if it wants to speed payouts up. It does not say the government will "have" to borrow money in the open market. The government could attempt to use its reserves to lend to the scheme or, in a worse case scenario, it might have to go to the open market to raise the money to lend to the scheme. As a AAA (currently) rated jurisdiction it could do a bond issue or otherwise to raise the money although I seriously doubt people are queuing up to lend to t
  15. Whilst listening to CNBC yesterday I heard a Commentator asked whether they should continue to use Offshore Banking facilities. The reply was a most certain recommendation to move all funds to an area that has fully guaranteed their depositors. How does the Isle of Man intend to respond. We have a depositors protection scheme that is totally inadequate and will struggle to pay out even the smallest bank failure for many many years. maximum levy £500k per licence holder per year. Thirty licence holders (many like Barclays having more than one and may surrender one or more) means at most £3
  16. Raising the Deposit protection limit to £50,000 means absolutely nothing unless there are compensation funds immediately available to meet any claims. I suspect that even Bradford & Bingley International would have resulted in claims of about £1 Billion had it not been rescued. How long would that take to pay off being funded only by an annual levy of I think a maximum of £250,000 per licence holder of which I think there are only about 70. I hate to say it but everyone would be safer placing there money in a US Bank where the accounts are now guaranteed to $250,000 and in the event
  17. For better or worse (I'm not expressing an opinion - other than), this is how most people outside of the IOM will think, if things were to ever get really bad.
  18. This is factually incorrect. One bag with flybe costs £6.99 each way when you book your ticket online and book your baggage at the same time. You can add up to 9 pieces of luggage weighing up to 20kg economy (or 30kg for economy plus) per item. You pay £6.99 for each bag, each way. It is you that is factually incorrect. The total weight allowed in paid for bags at £6.99 (online) or £12 at the airport is a combined weight of 20kgs. You can pay for one bag of up to 20kgs or two or more bags that add up to 20kgs intotal not per bag. Excess charges are £7 per kg therefore having your fi
  19. We need to exert some pressure on FlyBe to be more reasonable with their Baggage charges. When they first came to the Island they allowed a fairly generous 25 kgs and charged about £3 per bag. As long as the bag was under 32kg they let it go on without further charge although may have said next time remember under 25kgs. Hand luggage was flexible. We are now down to 20kgs and £7 per bag booked online or much more at the airport and a hand luggage allowance of one piece (size smaller than major carriers) and max weight 10kgs. By paying about 3 times the price of an economy ticket they w
  20. It is a monopoly and with a virtual airline one to it will only get worse.
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