Gef’s Daily Roundup

Public Sector Rents to rise by 2%

The Department of Infrastructure has announced that a 2% increase in rents will take effect from 1st April 2022. 

The Department said that the rise has been carefully considered in light of ongoing economic pressure from the coronavirus pandemic and the rising cost of building and maintenance materials. The impacts of both factors continue to be felt and are affecting routine repairs and redevelopment projects.

Infrastructure Minister Tim Crookall MHK said: ’The rising cost of maintenance is a concern for the local authorities and the Department as a whole, especially the housing team. The cost of materials for use in both general repairs and redevelopment projects continues to increase and provision must be made to accommodate this trend.’

Tenants who have their rental costs met by the Government as part of their income-assessed Social Security benefits will not be affected by the change.

In real terms, this means renters in a 1 bed flat can expect to pay approximately £1.29 more a week, while those in a 4 bed house can expect to pay £2.68 more a week.

“A credit to the island” 

Last week, Isle of Man Meats hosted the Primestock Show- one of the biggest events in the farming community calendar. The event, organised by the Southern District Agricultural Society, was undoubtedly a success, with Adrian Crowe, from the Meat & Livestock Commission, describing the competition as being ‘a credit to the island’. 

Mr Crowe also said that “the standard was so high the Island’s farmers would be competitive at shows anywhere in the UK”.

 While we all know the incredible quality of Manx meat, it’s fantastic to see recognition from beyond the island. Congratulations to all the prize winners!

Three trainees pass the Manx Bar

Three Appleby trainee lawyers, Ruby Agate, Katie Entwisle and Ruby Roberts, have passed all four required Manx Bar exams on their first attempts. 

Faye Moffett, Managing Partner for Appleby Isle of Man, said:

“Congratulations to Ruby, Katie and Ruby on their recent exam success. All three trainees dedicated a lot of time and effort to their studies and we are pleased to see their hard work and determination pay off. They are all talented individuals with a promising future in law.”

Dates for White Boys

The White Boys is a 200 year old tradition, in which saints slag each other off until they kill each other, and then resurrected to sing and dance. Only in the Isle of Man, eh? 

There are two groups of White Boys (Peel White Boys and Southern White Boys) who are quite different from each other- so it’s worth checking out them both. You can find out about the dates and times here: https://culturevannin.im/news/dates–locations-for-the-white-boys-2021-700971/

UK to offer booster jabs to all over 18s

In an effort to tackle the Omicron variant, the UK government has announced that all over 18s will be offered the booster jab. In addition to this, the UK will be reducing the time between the second and third jab from 6 months, to 3 months. 

Twitter CEO to step down

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has announced that he will be stepping down as Twitter CEO. He will be replaced by current Chief Technology Officer, Parag Agarwal. Bet that promotion comes with a decent rise. 

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