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Chris Robertshaw

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  1. On the recent Manx Forum topic about the Douglas East by election I mentioned that as soon as I could make available both Kate Beecroft's speech for party politics and mine against party politics I would come back here. The PAG have now put them both up on their website positiveactiongroup.org. By clicking on 'party politics debate' at the top right hand corner of their home page you will find Kate's speech first and then mine. It should be pointed out that we were both allowed only eight minutes each to speak so that influenced the degree of detail we were both able to go into. Many thank
  2. Fair question - I have asked PAG if they will put both my JCC speech against party politics and Kate's JCC speech for party politics up on their website so you can consider both sides of the argument. They have agreed - but It wont happen straight away. As soon as it does I will tell you.
  3. quilp - There are limitations to what information can or cannot be used for means testing and we are working our way through this. For example - the vires already exists to use tax based data when cross checking a parent(s) level of entitlement to child benefit but more work must be done in other areas to achieve the necessary level of access. Means testing as a concept must be kept as simple as possible. At the moment each area under consideration for means testing is being considered on its merits in order to achieve the highest possible level of sensitivity with regard to the action bei
  4. A deficiency cannot be seen as a measure of a housing authority's efficiency or otherwise - rather it is the degree to which central government (taxpayers funds) bridge the annual gap in funding between the rents received and the actual annual cost resulting from new build for any given housing authority. Thus the more new build a housing authority has carried out - the larger their deficiency is likely to be - with the converse also applying. The move towards higher rents is designed to stabilise that level of deficiency as the programme for new build or substantial refurbishment continues. T
  5. I have every intention of joining the debate on here at the same time as taking it out to the general public through public meetings, putting the information on line and engaging in radio programmes and through newspaper articles etc. This will happen next year once my department, the treasury and our consultants have pulled together a set of options for people to consider.
  6. I absolutely do not share the many assumptions you have made here.
  7. Which part of 'Tynwald already has sufficient legislation that is not being policed effectively on at least 4% of uninhabitable properties on the island' do you not understand Chris? Come on...we thought you were better than this. You needed to get out of the office and talk to these landlords before you came up with this plan. You are making few friends in terms of tenants or landlords. The effective result is nothing but a tax take for the government purse at the expense of both - whilst we are still left with a bloated government, even more of which will be required to admin this lates
  8. That is the main reason for introducing the legislation - to help deal with this issue - I am sorry I have not made myself clear
  9. Which part of 'Tynwald already has sufficient legislation that is not being policed effectively on at least 4% of uninhabitable properties on the island' do you not understand Chris? Come on...we thought you were better than this. You needed to get out of the office and talk to these landlords before you came up with this plan. You are making few friends in terms of tenants or landlords. The effective result is nothing but a tax take for the government purse at the expense of both - whilst we are still left with a bloated government, even more of which will be required to admin this lates
  10. Because the market is on its arse and there are lots of reluctant landlords out there just struggling to survive. Some have had to let houses they can't sell because the market is so bad, some have left the Island as they can't get work and they can't sell up either, and some thought buy to let was a great idea 5 years ago and are geared up to their arses and have the banks on their backs and a shortage of tenants. None of these people can afford the extra costs and the extra hassle as they probably aren't making a penny on their lets because of the circumstances they are in. So right when thi
  11. hboy If the current legislation worked then there would be no need to bring in any new legislation. You say the new legislation will be overbearing - in what way do you think that will be the case? Chris
  12. Amadeus, I extended the landlord and tenant (private housing) bill consultation because there appeared to be a lot of misunderstandings about it and I thought extra time would help people to both understand it better and provide more time for the submission of views to the consultation. I also encouraged landlords to set up their own association so that they could better represent their interests in matters such as legislation. This legislation is all about achieving basic minimum standards of decency above which most landlords already operate. Sadly there are some who do not. The last
  13. Good morning Gladys I reported the following to the radio - there are a total of around 6000 public sector houses and with approx. 10% turnover per annum, this would provide around 600 agreements per year - so - same percentages but different numbers.
  14. In reply to Manshimajin I have said many times in public that I was angry with the previous administration for not 'getting a grip' when they must have known they should have done. Turning to your point about me acting in isolation. Again I have said that modernising social policy to make it fit for purpose is one of a number of actions that will need to be taken. The last time I said this was in my July 2012 www.manx.net/tv interview with Paul Moulton (it is in two parts). It will take a number of core projects to overcome our current account imbalance and these will have to complimen
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