Shock, horror: UK needs rich people

first_img BRITAIN doesn’t just need more jobs – over time, it also needs them to be better, higher productivity and hence higher paying jobs. This would be good for everybody: for the millions concerned and their families; and also for the public finances, which desperately need an overall rise in prosperity. Such a scenario is, however, easier outlined than achieved: it requires a rebirth of UK capitalism, including a long-term revolution in skills, attitudes, incentives and infrastructure. In the meantime, the Treasury’s self-interest is to encourage success, hard-work, innovation and risk-taking: to maximise tax receipts, it needs as many people as possible to feel motivated or able to try and climb the income ladder. It also needs policies to grow, rather than shrink, the number of people on very high incomes. Given that they pay much more tax than anybody else, in absolute terms and as a share of their incomes, this would help the public finances more than anything else. The problem, of course, is that the UK tax code, the regulatory system and the overall culture are now all rigged against advancement and effort at all income levels. Obvious, really. Except that the Labour Party, the unions, the Lib Dems and numerous commentators don’t see it that way: their dislike of the City is so intense that it trumps everything else. They refuse to admit that large incomes – and, yes, especially the dreaded bonuses – are an absolute boon to the Exchequer, with around half of the compensation paid out by big firms being gobbled up in tax. And the more tax raised, the less there is need for spending cuts.HMRC’s estimates for 2010-11 are that there will be 27.799m people earning between £6,475 and £50,000, 2.050m on £50k-£100k, 342,000 on £100k-£150k, 145,000 on £150k-£200k, 143,000 on £200k-£500k, 26,000 on £500k-£1m and 13,000 on £1m-above. In other words, out of 30.518m people eligible to pay direct taxation on their income, 29.849m (or 97.8 per cent) make less than £100k and 669,000 (or 2.2 per cent) make £100k or more. Just 327,000 people (1.1 per cent) will make at least £150k, the rate at which the 50p tax kicks in. The top 1 per cent of earners paid 11 per cent of income tax in 1976-77; by 1986-87, this had risen to 14 per cent. In 1999-2000, they paid 21.3 per cent; in 2008-09, 23 per cent and by the current fiscal year they are predicted by HMRC to pay 26.7 per cent of the total. All of which means that those 327,000 souls on £150k or more actually ended up paying over a quarter of income tax this year. It wouldn’t take too large an increase in their numbers to make a substantial difference to tax revenues; even a smallish reduction would finally bankrupt the UK.Comments by David Cameron yesterday suggest that he understands this. For the first time, he provided a balanced analysis of the crisis, while pledging not to “micro-manage” and “scapegoat” banks. He also rediscovered supply-side economics: “high rates of marginal income tax discourage people from working,” he said, pointing out that lower tax rates went hand-in-hand with the rise in the share of tax paid by the wealthy. Even those on the left who hate the rich, bankers and the City need to realise that they finance the public sector to a greater degree than ever before. The public finances will only truly recover when they – together with the rest of the population – begin to prosper [email protected] me on twitter: @allisterheath Share KCS-content Shock, horror: UK needs rich people Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeTaco RelishOnly People With An IQ Of 130 Can Name These ItemsTaco RelishZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldNews SharperGrab A Tissue Before You See Richard Simmons At 72News SharperDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionAlphaCuteBizarre Hells Angels Rules, #10 Is MandatoryAlphaCuteJournalPregnant Woman Takes a Nap – You Won’t Believe What She Discovered When She WokeJournalNext RefinanceFishermen See Animal On Iceberg, But Then Look CloserNext Refinance Sunday 9 January 2011 11:22 pm whatsapplast_img read more


first_imgMonday 25 April 2011 9:47 pm Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL BANK EXODUS AS TRADERS JUMP SHIP FOR HEDGE FUND MILLIONS Share THE BRAIN drain from the City’s leading banks has started, as The Capitalist can reveal traders at JP Morgan Chase, RBS, UBS and Lloyds have gone behind bosses’ backs to apply to a hedge fund that promises to make them millionaires within a year.The deserting bankers are on the shortlist for Mike Baghdady’s Trading Places-style contest to find the next-generation of hedge fund stars – as first reported in this column on 14 April – where the 20 winners will be given a full-time job at Baghdady’s firm Training Traders.If the traders are successful, they could manage £10m of funds within 12 months, taking up to 40 per cent of the profits. You do the maths.The lure of the cash is so strong that a TV producer is willing to drop a ten-year career at the BBC, and a restaurateur is drafting his P45 for his job with one of the UK’s top chefs.The final 40 will now undergo a series of psychological tests set by Edna Agbartha, who cut her teeth doing psychological profiles for RBS, to check whether they are able to cope with the financial pressure.Baghdady is happy to promote the “great story” of the former pit trader hoping to make a comeback after falling on taxi-driving hard times, but refuses to reveal the full names of his would-be millionaires.Not because he was cycling along Bond Street on a Boris Bike as he spoke to The Capitalist, you understand, but because he doesn’t want to attract the attentions of “every financial headhunter in town”.Not to mention the wrath of JP Morgan, RBS, Lloyds and UBS bosses when they discover their star employees are heading for the door…BATTLE OF HASTINGSTHERE was only one possible outcome when Max Hastings opened an online NatWest trading account: hysterical laughter from his banker friends.As part of a DIY investment masterclass for Prospect magazine, the former Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard editor set about mimicking the shareholdings of an experienced private investor, but soon became embroiled in a “nightmare game of snakes and ladders”, calling the helpline twice during each transaction.Hastings intends to persevere with his online trading experiment. In his heart, however, he knows that innumerates like himself are “doomed to remain prisoners of the banks and financial advisers, who will continue systematically to skin us alive”.FOOT IN THE DOORMEANWHILE, The Capitalist is pleased to have helped Ratidzo Chinyuku fulfil her ambition of becoming a lawyer, after City A.M.’s 12 April story on Martin Winter’s work in her home country of Zimbabwe inspired her to write to the Taylor Wessing partner asking to be considered for a work placement.Impressed by the year-ten student’s resourcefulness – “how many 17 year-olds do you know who read financial newspapers?” – Winter has offered Chinyuku an informal work placement shadowing at his offices for two weeks from 25 July this summer. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Adsmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald whatsapp KCS-content last_img read more

The United Basalt Products Ltd ( 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgThe United Basalt Products Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about The United Basalt Products Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The United Basalt Products Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The United Basalt Products Ltd (  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileThe United Basalt Products Limited operates in two segments which are building materials and agriculture, to manufacture, retail and sell building materials in Mauritius. The company’s core products include aggregates, rocksand, hollow concrete blocks, precast concrete slabs and ready-to-use dry mortars. The United Basalt Products Limited also provides various concrete building components, such as paving-blocks and roof tiles, imported floor and wall tiles, and sanitary ware as well as home building and decorating products, fittings, tools, and garden accessories. The Agriculture segment deals in the cultivation of sugarcane, plants and landscaping services. The United Basalt Products Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Ecobank Transnational Incorporation ( HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgEcobank Transnational Incorporation ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Ecobank Transnational Incorporation ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Transnational Incorporation ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileEcobank Transnational Incorporation is a financial services institution offering retail, wholesale, investment and transactional banking services to government departments, financial institutions, multi-nationals, small- to medium-size enterprises, micro businesses and individuals in Africa and internationally. The banking group operates in the domestic, corporate and investment banking segments. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated offers a full-service product offering which ranges from current and savings accounts to business accounts and term deposits. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated also provides services for institutional banking; ranging from treasury and investment banking to commodity/trade finance, debt issuance and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions and syndicated lending. The financial institution operates a network of approximately 1 200 branches and offices in the major towns and cities of Ghana. Its head office is in Lomé, Togo. Ecobank Transnational Incorporation is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Scarlets look to extend winning streak against Treviso

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scarlets have won their last five league gamesThe Scarlets will be looking to home and a supportive Parc y Scarlets crowd on Thursday evening as they face a vital game against Treviso in their RaboDirect PR012 top four ambitions.Having won their last five league games at home at Parc y Scarlets, the West Wales region will be looking to extend winning ways and their best home run since moving to the new stadium in 2008.The Scarlets narrowly lost their hold on their last two games on the away circuit in recent weeks with a nail-biting finish away at the RDS in Leinster last weekend so it’s a big welcome home after three matches on the road in the past month.The Scarlets also welcome back a number of their Wales internationals – providing a strong bench to draw upon for Thursday night’s fixture; with Liam Williams (wing), Lou Reed (second row), Aaron Shingler (back row) and Rhodri Jones (Prop) all back in Scarlets shirts.Benetton Treviso’s only victory in their last eight matches in all tournaments was 37-14 over Italian rivals Aironi on New Year’s Eve. Treviso have won three times on the road this season, at Glasgow, Ulster and Connacht. Benetton have not been victorious in Wales since December 2007, when they beat the Dragons 24-22 at Rodney Parade. Starting XV:15 Dan Newton14 Lee Williams13 Gareth Maule (capt)12 Adam Warren11 Andy Fenby10 Aled Thomas9 Gareth Davies1 Phil John2 Emyr Phillips3 Deacon Manu4 Dominic Day5 Damian Welch6 Josh Turnbull7 Johnathan Edwards8 Kieran MurphyReplacements: 16 Craig Hawkins17 Rhodri Jones18 Peter Edwards19 Lou Reed20 Aaron Shingler21 Liam Davies22 Nick Reynolds23 Liam Williams Head of Rugby Nigel Davies said:  “It was tough on the players last week at the RDS, that was a hard-fought, physical game and we competed against them very well. It always going to swing on a couple of key moments, unfortunately it was a really tough call in the end and I was really disappointed for the players they put their all into that performance.“It was hard to be too critical of them as they did exactly what we asked of them – to go there and compete and we were on even terms throughout that game.  We take a lot out of that performance and will bring that level of commitment and passion into this must-win game on Thursday night.”Treviso won 20-10 at the Stadio Monigo in round five of the RaboDirect PRO12, and have won two of the three previous fixtures against Scarlets in this tournament. NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 18: Scarlets celebrate their victory after the Heineken Cup match between Northampton Saints and Scarlets at Franklin’s Gardens on November 18, 2011 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)last_img read more

Milroy Perera Designs World’s Tallest Residential Vertical Garden

first_img Sri Lanka Apartments Milroy Perera Designs World’s Tallest Residential Vertical Garden ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects Milroy Perera Designs World’s Tallest Residential Vertical GardenSave this projectSaveMilroy Perera Designs World’s Tallest Residential Vertical Garden “COPY” ArchDailycenter_img “COPY” CopyAbout this officeMilroy Perera AssociatesOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsUnbuilt ProjectResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsSkyscrapersSri Jayawardenepura KotteRajagiriyavertical gardensMäga EngineeringKotteArchitecture NewsHousingSkyscrapersResidentialSri LankaPublished on February 01, 2014Cite: James Taylor-Foster. “Milroy Perera Designs World’s Tallest Residential Vertical Garden” 01 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Fine WoodPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesCultural / SportsPENT FitnessFitness Equipment – BANKA™ Weight BenchSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in OfficesBricksFeldhaus KlinkerFacing Bricks – Waterstruck VascuWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for FurnitureCurtain WallsMetawellFacades – Aluminum Curtain WallsHeatingFocusFireplaces – PaxfocusPatios / TerracesGlas MarteGlass Pavilion – GM Pavillon360More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyMilroy Perera Associates, in collaboration with Mäga Engineering, has unveiled plans for the world’s tallest residential vertical garden in Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka. The Clearpoint tower will house 164 apartments spread across 46 floors within 10 kkilometers from the centre of Columbo. Overlooking the tributaries of the Diyawanna Lake in Kotte, planted viewing terraces will encircle the entire structure fed by “inbuilt self-sustaining watering systems.” Save this picture!Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy PereraWritten by James Taylor-Foster Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy PereraAccording to the architects, Clearpoint will “be pioneering sustainable residences in Sri Lanka, with the aim of taking urban living forward while still maintaining a balance with nature and the surrounding environment, the main focus of the apartments being to create a sentiment of ground level living. Measures will be in place to reduce energy and water consumption, including the use of solar energy for communal spaces.” Save this picture!Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy PereraRecommended ProductsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWindows and Terraces “One of the main reasons for heat gain within an apartment is the fact that all apartments in Sri Lanka have windows which are directly exposed to sunlight. To counter this effect, we have consciously designed our entire building with windows that do not receive direct sunlight. We achieve this by extending ordinary balconies into large format terraces. This, while providing the practical benefit of shade, will also provide the occupants with extra external entertainment space.” Save this picture!Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy PereraSustainable Air Conditioning “Since the apartments will gain no heat due to direct exposure to sunlight, it was possible to reduce the size of the air conditioners, thus requiring less energy to cool the apartments. In addition, all apartments are cross ventilated for the purpose of cooling the inside naturally.” Save this picture!Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy PereraPlanted Terraces and Drip Irrigation “Planting on the terraces give the building its unique look but there is a more practical reason for the planting. Plants have a natural tendency to absorb sound, both internally and externally. Plants provide shade, cooling the terraces and buffering radiant heat (heat that can reflect off the occupant’s terrace if the tiles heat up). Oxygen produced during the daytime means cleaner air, while leaves act as a natural filter for dust which otherwise enters your apartment. There is also provision for the occupants to grow their own plants.” “An automated drip irrigation system has been incorporated throughout the building so that the gardens are maintained without the occupants having to water the plants. There will be a drip system instead of a sprinkler system which will save water.” Save this picture!Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy PereraSolar Panels “Solar panels installed on the roof will provide enough energy to power the common amenities such as public and lobby lights, elevators, the grey water recycling system, the sewage recycling system and other public utilities. Any excess power will be sold to the electricity grid using a net metering system.” Save this picture!Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy PereraGrey Water Recycling System “One of the main uses of water in apartments is for flushing. In an effort to reduce the water usage, water will be collected from the apartment showers and bathroom sinks, running it through a recycling system which will process the water to be less than 10 BOD (Bio Oxygen Demand). The recycled water is mixed with rain water and sent through to the bathroom flushes and is also used in the drip irrigation system.” The building is expected to be completed by late 2015. References: Clearpoint ResidenciesProject gallerySee allShow lessSnøhetta Unveils Version 3.0 of San Francisco’s Golden State Warriors’ StadiumUnbuilt ProjectThe Japanese Tsunami – 3 Years LaterArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Rajagiriya, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri LankaLocation to be used only as a reference. 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Ittka House / Fabian Tan Architect

first_imgArchitects: Fabian Tan Architect Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Ittka House / Fabian Tan Architect Save this picture!© Eiffel Chong+ 25 Share Ittka House / Fabian Tan ArchitectSave this projectSaveIttka House / Fabian Tan Architect Malaysia “COPY” Projects Houses Manufacturers: CalligarisSave this picture!© Eiffel ChongRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsText description provided by the architects. This house is a double storey intermediate terrace house which sits on a 7m (23’) width by 26m (85’) land size. The previous design was typical.The limitation of the site and ideas explored led to the reversal of the floor arrangement. Thus, the first floor became the living space, whilst the ground floor became the bedrooms.  The transition between the floors attempts to unify and provide connections between the private and the social spaces of the house. Resulting contrasts between the more solid enclosed bedrooms on the ground and the “roof deck” living spaces on the first floor inverts the tension between the interior and the exterior of the house, creating a visual expansion. The main circulation space connecting the bedrooms are double volume, outlining the first floor spaces of living, dining and kitchen to be a continuous open space. Skylights provide the interior with natural light, reflective of the day’s mood and time.Save this picture!© Eiffel ChongElements of nature and privacy are evident. The courtyard tree is a focal point to the bedrooms with large sliding doors to create shifts of privacy and openness when required. A large 6m door at the end of the main corridor opens to a private garden. The living room at the front opens to a roof garden which is private from street level view.Save this picture!© Eiffel ChongSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Eiffel ChongSave this picture!First Floor PlanBasic material finishes were chosen with restraint, so as not to accentuate any part of the whole. The intent is to create a calm space defined purely by volume, depth and light.Project gallerySee allShow lessProject Chemotherapy Outside / VANDERSALM-aimSelected ProjectsNew Aarhus School of Architecture “NEW AARCH” Design CompetitionBuilt Projects & Masterplans Share Photographs:  Eiffel Chong Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  1900 ft² Photographs CopyHouses•Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia CopyAbout this officeFabian Tan ArchitectOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKuala LumpurMalaysiaPublished on September 29, 2015Cite: “Ittka House / Fabian Tan Architect” 28 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeBathroomsGeberitBathroom Series – ONESkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassAluminium CompositesAmerican MetalcraftAluminum Panels – Decorative Fencing for BridgesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsWater Facade PanelDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Concealed Sliding Door | MareaWall / Ceiling LightsiGuzziniExterior Light – WalkyWoodPlycoWood Boards – Birch LaserplyMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

CTT now handling one million emails a month for charity clients

first_imgUK Fundraising has used CTT’s email marketing tools for four years and its fortnightly email newsletter is an important element of driving repeat and sustained traffic to the site. UK Fundraising’s publisher Howard Lake said: “The excellent quality of the tool, its reporting services and registered user management facilities have simplified the whole publishing process and freed us up to concentrate on further developing the website’s content.” Howard Lake | 28 November 2006 | News  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity Technology Trust (CTT) has for the first time sent over one million email newsletters and campaign items in one month for its 90 or so email clients. The charity set up in 2001 to help charities leverage new technology to improve efficiency, hit its record in October. Indeed, since the beginning of 2006, CTT has distributed over 9 million email items.William Hoyle, CTT’s CEO, said that he is convinced that CTT has been instrumental in encouraging charities to consider electronic media as a viable alternative to traditional DM with all of the consequential benefits.Kathy Chellew, web editor at the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and an email client of CTT said: “CTT has held our hand while we tentatively dipped our toes in the e-newsletter waters. We’ve been so pleased by the experience that we’re expanding our range of e-newsletters.” Advertisementcenter_img CTT now handling one million emails a month for charity clients Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Delayed social welfare another government cut – cllr Shortt

first_imgTwitter GOVERNMENT policy is directly slowing down the social-welfare process and leaving people penniless, according to city councillor Tom Shortt.“The government is implementing cuts by stealth and leaving people waiting for social welfare payments and rent allowance”. He said a huge number of people are presenting themselves to him with problems with the social welfare system.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “People are waiting longer than normal, the poorest of the poor are waiting weeks for decisions on what they are entitled to”.A hidden layer of people are being affected, he argues, claiming it is now government policy to slow down decisions to make their accounts look healthier.“It seems to be a trend now that people are being put on the long finger and are left penniless and hungry. “I’m meeting horrendous cases and it can be very painful for those who are waiting”.Younger sections of the population are particularly vulnerable to this policy, according to Cllr Shortt.“It’s definitely affecting those between 18 and 21 and whose benefit has been halved to €100. “In families who may already be hard pressed, the parents may have lost their jobs and are finding it difficult to support them”.In spite of this, he is happy that a more realistic level of rent allowance is now being paid to landlords.Another stumbling block is the Habitual Resident condition,  which affects those who are returning to Ireland after years abroad. “This feature of social welfare was adopted to frustrate foreign nationals but is affecting the Irish returning home and who have lost there jobs in other countries.“It’s just not right… I had man come to me recently who had returned from America and couldn’t get the dole because of this. How can a citizen not be entitled to social welfare?” Email Print Linkedin Facebookcenter_img NewsLocal NewsDelayed social welfare another government cut – cllr ShorttBy admin – August 9, 2010 474 Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleCAB uncover cash, computers and documentsNext articleMan hospitalised following attack adminlast_img read more

Corruption In Judiciary Worse Than That In Public Departments: Madras HC Calls For Strengthening Of Vigilance System, Surprise Visits, Inspections [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesCorruption In Judiciary Worse Than That In Public Departments: Madras HC Calls For Strengthening Of Vigilance System, Surprise Visits, Inspections [Read Order] Mehal Jain10 Oct 2020 7:04 AMShare This – xWhile making observations regarding the corrupt practices in the Public administration of the Government Departments, the Madras High Court on Monday endorsed the fact that the judiciary also is not exempted from corrupt practices.”The conscience of this Court would not permit it, if this Court fails to mention the increasing corrupt practices in the Judiciary Department as well as in…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhile making observations regarding the corrupt practices in the Public administration of the Government Departments, the Madras High Court on Monday endorsed the fact that the judiciary also is not exempted from corrupt practices.”The conscience of this Court would not permit it, if this Court fails to mention the increasing corrupt practices in the Judiciary Department as well as in Court premises”, remarked Justice S. M. Subramaniam.Noting that justice requires equal treatment of all the citizens and consistency in the justice delivery system, the Single Judge observed that corrupt practices in the judicial system can never be tolerated. “It is worse than that of the corruption in public departments”, he said, adding that judicial remedy being the last resort to the common man, effective, efficient and impartial judicial system in consonance with the constitutional, philosophy and ethos are to be achieved. “Building confidence in the minds of the citizens on the judiciary system is the constitutional mandate. Doubts in the minds of citizens will lead to destruction of the constitutional principles”, reflected the judge.The Single Bench was of the view that undoubtedly, the judiciary has to strengthen its vigilance wing and the prevailing vigilance system in the judiciary is insufficient to crush the corrupt practices. “Frequent surprise visits and inspection in the judicial departments and premises are needed”, it said, noting that many former Chief Justices of India had lamented that the judiciary is not exempted from corrupt practices. “Unfortunately, efficient measures are yet to be taken to deal with many kinds of corrupt practices in the judicial system. Making observations in the judgment is one aspect of the matter, but, if such findings are taken in a right spirit by the administrators then alone we can see the development of our great nation. Thus, the administrator must have a heart and spirit to take the issues in a right manner and attempts are to be made sincerely to develop an effective and efficient system”, said the Court.The judge made these observations while dismissing a petition filed by one N. Ulagaraj against the punishment of compulsory retirement imposed on him for accepting bribes during his service as an office assistant in a Sub-Registrar office in 2004.”The public servant is expected to maintain utmost integrity and honesty while discharging his/her public duties and responsibilities. There should not be any room or scope for such corruption allegations at all”, said the Single Bench.The Judge expressed the view that corruption is a devil in the society. Corruption is an anti- developmental phenomenon. Corruption is the blockage for the developmental activities of our great nation. Corruption causes greater injustice to the society at large, more specifically, to the poor and downtrodden. “Large scale corrupt practices in various forms prevailing in public services are causing untold agony and common men are struggling even to get their rightful and legal benefits”, said the Court.The bench continued to express regret, that it is painful to pen down that for the implementation of beneficial schemes and Government Orders, corrupt practices in various forms are demanded by the public servants and in some cases, by the higher officials and it is painful that the responsible higher officials are absolutely insensitive in controlling the corrupt practices. “Corrupt practices are not only demand and acceptance of money, but corrupt practices are prevailing in various forms. Thus creating more awareness and sensitiveness are all paramount importance in order to deal with the corrupt practices in public services”, said the bench. adding that it is the constitutional mandate that every Government of the day is expected to be efficient, people-friendly and hypersensitive in the matter of dealing with corrupt practices. “Corruption eats the welfare of the society like termite”, remarked the bench, observing that though, no doubt, the Department of Vigilance and Anticorruption is functioning in the State, the size of the department and the number of officials functioning are not in commensuration with the large scale corrupt practices prevailing in many number of departments. The bench opined that the department of Vigilance and Anticorruption is to be strengthened to a greater extent, so as to ensure periodical surprise inspections and raids are conducted to deal with the corrupt practices in public services. Adequate number of men and women of integrity and honesty must be engaged for this purpose. There must be full fledged coverage for the entire public administration to eradicate the corrupt practices. There should not be any scope for leniency or misplaced sympathy in dealing with the corruption cases. “The constitutional Courts across the country have delivered many number of judgments regarding the procedures and the trials to be conducted in the criminal cases in a speedy manner. Even then, there is a slow down in completing the criminal trials in corruption cases and those areas are also to be taken care of by all concerned”, reflected the bench.The Single Judge continued to observe that a decent amount of salary has been paid to the public servants and salary to the public servants now-a-days are institutionally competitive in comparison with their counterparts in private sectors- “Public servants are receiving the salary from the tax-payers’ money. The responsibility and accountability is the constitutional mandate. Public servants are expected to perform their duties with utmost care and by maintaining absolute integrity and honesty. However, in reality, the state of affairs prevailing in our great nation is the worrying factor. People are frustrated with the large scale corrupt practices in public services”Noting that the Court in umpteen number of judgments emphasises the necessity for creating sensitivity in the matter of corrupt practices, the bench lamented that but there is a little scope for improvement in the near future- “There must be a drastic change in the attitude on the part of the competent Authorities and they are expected to work swiftly so as to minimise the corrupt practices currently and to eradicate in future””Debates after debates are conducted in many interesting subjects through the media and in the public domain. However, a negligible number of debates are being conducted regarding corruption in our great nation. How the corrupt practices are affecting the development of our great nation to a larger extent is to be portrayed in the public domain. The implications of corruption and its evil consequences are to be made available in the public domain. At the outset, creating sensitivity is more important, which is also a constitutional requirement for efficient and effective Public Administration”, said the bench.The Court was of the opinion that the awareness being created at present is insufficient, so as to cripple down the corrupt practices in public services. “For a moment, dream of a Public Administration free from corrupt practices. Such a dream itself would give immense pleasure and happiness. Dream than an ordinary citizen can enter into any Government Offices and Public Offices and get his works done in a legal and rightful manner without any difficulty, certainly, such an atmosphere would be a joyful event and the same would lead to fast and greater development of our great nation”, articulated the bench.Expressing that the Government of the day is expected to strengthen the Anticorruption wings and periodical and frequent surprise raids/inspections are to be conducted in public offices, the bench observed that further, the assets and the liabilities of the department servants are to be periodically verified as the Service Rules require every public servant is bound to furnish the details of their assets and liabilities. “When the Rule requires such information to be provided to the Department, the same has not been maintained properly in many Departments by many Higher Authorities. The disproportionate wealth is to be periodically monitored. The genuinity and sanctity of the information provided by the public servants are to be properly checked”, said the bench.The bench was of the view that urgent and stringent measures are warranted and appropriate instructions/guidelines are to be issued to all the Government Offices. “The competent Authorities of the Government have the choice to obtain suggestions and expert opinions in the field of Anticorruption and accordingly issue comprehensive instructions/directions/guidelines to deal with the corrupt practices in Public Departments”, stated the bench.The bench was of the view that announcing beneficial schemes alone is insufficient, that the implementation of the beneficial schemes must reach the poor and downtrodden in a hustle-free manner. “Thus by introducing the welfare schemes, the Government cannot attain success. The implementation of such beneficial schemes so as to take the scheme to the poorest of poor in this country would alone lead to success”, said the bench.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more