The four candidates to be Labours next leader hav

first_imgThe four candidates to be Labour’s next leader have produced between them only a small handful of policies aimed at disabled people, after being quizzed by some of their own party’s disabled members.Although the four were praised for their overall commitment to equalities, critics within the party say they appear to have given “scant” attention to developing policies aimed at improving the rights of disabled people.Andy Burnham (pictured), Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall were asked for their policies on employment, housing, social care, social security and transport by Disability Labour, a Labour-affiliated group which represents the party’s disabled members.Corbyn and Cooper appeared to have thought most carefully about policies aimed at disabled people, followed by Kendall, with Burnham trailing in a distant fourth place.On employment, Corbyn called for stronger discrimination laws “to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made by all employers, with enforceable rights for disabled workers”.He said he would introduce mandatory pay audits, to expose the gap in wages between different groups, including disabled people, and called for an inclusive education system, as well as a role for government in “educating employers and challenging prejudice”.Cooper said she would “replace the failing Work Programme with a specialist programme of employment support for disabled people, including inviting disability organisations to share their expertise to help design and deliver this support”.She would also ensure that the Access to Work scheme operates “effectively”, and would “ensure that health and social care are joined up with employment programmes, so that people have the integrated support they need to work or learn”. Kendall backed “reintroducing specialist disability employment advisors, working with employers to provide the information and support they need to employ disabled people, and ensuring that disabled people have the equipment, social care and support they need”.Burnham appeared to have no targeted policies on disability employment, other than stating: “My basic principle is that we cannot justify cuts to income [through social security] that cannot be replaced by work.”On social care, Burnham, his party’s shadow health secretary, said he was “committed to extending the NHS principle to social care – where everybody is asked to make a contribution according to their means and where everybody then has the peace of mind of knowing that all their care needs, and those of their family, are covered”.Corbyn backed an integrated health and social care system, and committed to reinstating the Independent Living Fund. He was the only one of the four to oppose and campaign against the closure of the fund before it shut for good at the end of June.Kendall, her party’s shadow minister for care services, said she would “seek to encourage good, local provision of care provided by community interest companies and social enterprises”, and introduce a living wage for qualified care workers, as well as “a system of apprenticeships and training schemes to bring social care into line with health care”.She also committed to closing all assessment and treatment units for people with learning difficulties or autism in mental health hospitals.Cooper backed pooling budgets for the NHS and social care, with “a much stronger role for local councils, better collaboration with the third sector and more personal budgets to give people more choice over their care”.She said spending on social care would need to increase as a “top priority”, and called for a living wage in the social care sector – funded through closing two tax loopholes – as well as “an end to inappropriate 15-minute visits” by care workers.On social security, Corbyn said he would scrap the much-criticised work capability assessment, and bring the eligibility testing process back in-house, end benefit sanctions, and reverse the cuts to employment and support allowance announced in the chancellor’s 2015 summer budget.Burnham appeared to suggest action on benefit sanctions, with the introduction of “proper safeguards for vulnerable people”, but offered no detail or any other policies, other than seeming to back calls for an independent review of how sanctions operate.Kendall was also vague, suggesting only that more support for disabled people “may mean providing equipment, social care, the time to learn to cope with a newly acquired impairment, the flexibility to allow people to work just a few hours a week”.Cooper said she would “reform the work capability assessment to ensure it’s fair to disabled people”, ensure disabled people have access to “good quality advice”, and “make better use of the evidence people supply about their disability or health condition, sharing information better, and reducing the need for repeated and unnecessary face-to-face assessments”.On housing, Corbyn stressed his continuing opposition to the bedroom tax, which had “disproportionately hit disabled households”, and said the country should build at least 240,000 new homes every year, at least half of which should be council housing.Burnham said he would force all social housing that was sold to be replaced with affordable homes “within walking distance”, allow councils to borrow to build new homes, develop “rent to own” schemes, and introduce regulation of the private rental sector, but made no reference to accessible housing.Kendall criticised the previous government for failing to force the construction industry to work to the “highest standard of accessible homes”, but suggested no particular policies.Cooper said her commitment to building 300,000 new homes a year would include a “guarantee of accessible lifetime homes”.On transport, Corbyn said he supported disabled people who had joined unions to protest against cuts to train station staff, because of the importance of ensuring stations had enough employees to assist people with mobility impairments.He said he would nationalise buses and trains, but also “press councils and government to ensure accessibility is part of procurement and budgeting decisions”.Burnham did not suggest any transport policies aimed at disabled people, but said he would ensure “proper and accountable public control of the railways”, and better regulation of buses.Kendall said that not enough had been done to “force the transport companies to provide access” and suggested that the transport system could be “properly accessible to everyone” with “careful design and increased staffing”, but she suggested no particular policies on accessible transport.Cooper said she was “determined to deliver a fairer deal for disabled rail passengers and to give them a strong voice to ensure investment in the rail network helps to improve access and passenger safety”, and wanted to ensure that 100 per cent of bus drivers were trained in “disability awareness”, with “regular repetition” of good quality training.She said she would also work with the aviation industry to improve information for passengers in accessible formats, and improve services for disabled air travellers. In a statement responding to the candidates’ answers, Disability Labour said: “Our questions identified some of the key priorities for disabled people.“The answers received reveal that candidates understand that these are important issues and that Labour is committed to equalities.“However in the main, they don’t give more than the briefest sense of what each candidate would do if successfully elected.”The statement pointed out that, of the four, only Corbyn voted against the government’s much-criticised welfare reform and work bill.Disability Labour said it would not be endorsing any of the candidates, but that it was “most encouraged by those who have consistently supported disabled people and have gone out of their way to demonstrate this”.Meanwhile, Kendall has been criticised this week for suggesting that disabled people were different from “ordinary” people.Kendall told the BBC that Labour had been successful in 1997 because “people thought that we had a message that was yes, for the weak and the vulnerable and those who were suffering, but for ordinary people too”.One disability campaigner, ?@Quinonostante, said on Twitter: “#Labour’s Liz Kendall says yes to help ‘for the weak & the vulnerable but for ordinary people too’ how extraordinarily ignorant! #disability.”And another disability campaigner, @thisisamy_, tweeted: “Liz Kendall did really divide the country between ‘weak, vulnerable & ppl who are suffering’ and ORDINARY ppl. 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SF Mission Hacker Hostel Navigates Housing Law

first_imgSee the first part of this story, to see what life is like inside a hacker hostel shared living space, here.Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Paartalu is the owner of the house on Bryant street. He is a renter there.  0% Tags: Airbnb • housing • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% This is the second part of a two-part story about one “hacker hostel” in the Mission. Read Part 1 here.For interns at local tech companies like Twitter, Adobe and Google, taking on an internship means either commuting to the city every day or finding a place to stay for three months. One Twitter intern found his lodging on Airbnb, where his host has the most listings in the Mission and the third most listings in San Francisco, according to Inside Airbnb. The intern ended up at a house near Bryant and 22nd streets, where he rents one out of six bunks in a house with some six bedrooms. The host there, Heigo Paartalu, runs at least two other houses in the Bay Area – an arrangement, he said, that his landlords there approved.Neither tenants nor landlords are complaining, but others have raised questions about the hostel’s legality.  And, across the city, tensions have risen over how many units – once meant for long term residents – have been taken off the market to accommodate visitors and make easy money for their owners. Under legislation passed in October 2014, landlords or tenants renting to short term visitors must register with the city as a business and post their registration number on their listing page. Various analyses have shown that short term rentals impact San Francisco’s rental market, prompting activists to propose restrictive legislation in the form of Proposition F, intended to discourage landlords from removing units from the city’s rental stock to turn them into short term rentals.Paartalu, however, said that his building doesn’t qualify as a short term rental, since the minimum stay is 30 days and most renters are interns who live in the city for several months at a time (on Airbnb the minimum stay listed was 3 nights. It now reflects the 30 night minimum). The city defines a short term rental as one that lasts fewer than 30 nights.He makes the rooms available to interns at local tech companies by direct recommendation from the companies. He also lists the homes on Airbnb, bringing in mostly entrepreneurs and tech interns for about $1700 a month, or $65 a night. The rates fluctuate and can go as high as $90 a night. Planning records indicate the house is zoned as a 3-family residence and may have previously operated as a 2-family home.Two complaints have been filed against the house on Bryant with the city’s Planning and Building Inspections department, one noting that the building is being listed on Airbnb and the other complaining of a fire hazard caused by crowded living conditions. A similar location in the Castro was shut down last month as the result of a lawsuit filed by a downstairs neighbor.Paartalu said he began the process of complying with city ordinances for residences rented by visitors for 30 days at a time as soon as he purchased the building. That process, he said, is ongoing.  It’s unclear what permits he is seeking, and this could not be confirmed with the city. Paartalu said he doesn’t know anything about the complaints, filed in late July, and no one from the Planning Department or the city has been in contact about a violation. Gina Simi, a spokesperson for the Planning Department, said she couldn’t comment on an ongoing case, so it’s unclear whether the city is taking enforcement action.Generally, the city also requires 170 square feet to accommodate four adults, as CBS Local reported yesterday in an undercover investigation of a similar home on South Van Ness. California’s Department of Housing and Community Development considers a dwelling to be severely overcrowded when occupied by more than 1.5 adults per room, noting also that “overcrowding can also accelerate deterioration of the housing stock.”The Bryant Street shared living space, Paartalu said, doesn’t run into space or fire safety problems because it’s almost never at full capacity. “We follow many guidelines that the zoning code and the city has written to us,” he explained. “This doesn’t mean that we are 100 percent full. We’re never 100 percent.”Since tech companies see a glut of interns in the summer, Paartalu said, in winter months, the house can end up with very few guests.“Four or five months of the year we’re pretty empty,” he said. “That’s the reason why I say we’re not doing it for the money.”last_img read more

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Mayor London Breeds huge political fumble on Prop C

first_img Email Address Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.London Breed is the mayor, and you are not. We have “takes.” She makes “decisions.” The mayor’s decisions carry weight. They are tangible. And weighty, tangible decisions, as you’d expect, leaden the wings of a candidate who, in large part, floated into office on the strength of her intangibles. So, make no mistake: Breed’s firm rejection of homeless measure Proposition C — a choreographed Friday announcement coming in lockstep with Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblyman David Chiu — was a crushing and credibility-destroying decision. This was rendered even clearer by Monday’s splashy announcement from Marc Benioff, the city’s favored benevolent billionaire, that he was going all-in on supporting Prop. C. The measure’s backers had, previously, likened themselves to David battling the Downtown powers-that-be Goliath. Well, one of this city’s leading Gods of Philanthropy just showered $2 million worth of manna from Salesforce Tower onto David. That kind of money buys a lot of rocks for your sling. So much for the stilted arguments presented by Breed at al. that Prop. C would be “anti-business.” So much for any efforts to coalesce the tech and business communities against a measure that would tax the wealthiest of this city’s wealthy companies to potentially double the resources allotted to homeless and housing issues — the consensus top problems facing San Francisco. And so much for what could have been a career-defining thunderclap of a political move by Mayor Breed. If she had embraced the homeless measure created and promoted by her ostensible political enemies, she would have confounded and routed them. Our so-called moderate mayor would have, perhaps permanently, destroyed the narrative that she, first and foremost, serves the interests of this city’s establishment players. That narrative is — tangibly and unsubtly — reinforced by donation patterns and donor lists. And, now, actions. But pushing for Prop. C would have socked Breed’s most sanctimonious critics right in the mouth and shut them up — for years. It would have redefined her, in much the way erstwhile San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is now better remembered for his positions on same-sex marriage than his punitive measures on homelessness and begging. And it would have lent credence to the political mantra a more profane Breed coined in 2012: “I don’t do what no-motherfucking-body tells me to do.” Alas. Breed could have owned this. She could have owned this even though the money and hard work to craft and pass Prop. C are coming from elsewhere. She could have owned the political goodwill even if, as San Franciscans often do, the homeless measure is voted down. Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Jackie Speier — hardly left-wing firebrands — are backing Prop. C. So are Angela Alioto and John Burton — and SPUR. But that’s not the route Breed chose to go. Marc Benioff may fashion himself this city’s Daddy Warbucks, but London Breed is our mayor. She has, in the wake of Benioff’s largess, defended her move as the fiscally responsible, if anticlimactic, obligation. That sounds defensible. That would be defensible. But the arguments Breed has made to couch this decision — they’re not defensible.San Francisco’s favorite benevolent billionaire has put his money — and reputation — behind Prop. C.A fellow newspaper columnist once told me he could eke out a full-time beat just writing articles stating “The report doesn’t say what you say it did.” That’s funny, but it’s also true.Breed’s arguments, which you can read here, lean heavily on an economic impact report of Prop. C undertaken by city economist Ted Egan (which you can read here). Put succinctly, the report doesn’t say what Mayor Breed says it does.“Proposition C’s new taxes will decidedly harm our local economy,” the mayor claims. In actuality, the report noted that Proposition C’s “impacts are small in the context of the city’s job market and economy, equal to a 0.1% difference, on average, over 20 years.”That’s the “harm” predicted here: 0.1 percent. To give you an idea of how small a number 0.1 percent is, it’s one-quarter the percentage of real butter in Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup. To give you an idea of how many jobs Egan believes are going to be vanquished by Prop. C, if the city would have created 1,000 jobs in a Prop. C-free environment, the report predicts Prop. C will result in the creation of a mere 999.  Breed also bemoans that Prop. C will shower funds upon a system in which we don’t seem to adequately know where money is going and where current funds are not well-spent. Prop. C, she continues, does not call for an audit of the new funds it will bring in.Perhaps, but calling for either the controller or budget and legislative analyst to undertake an audit is something that can be arranged in a matter of hours; here, in fact, is a 2017 audit of an underperforming nonprofit serving the homeless. In truth, we know damn well where the money is going: Largely to housing. Any candidate for office in this city should be able to recite our homeless spending totals and priorities the way a schoolchild knocks out her times tables. The controller monitors the performance of this city’s departments, including the Department of Homelessness, and the Department of Homelessness monitors the performance of the homeless nonprofits working with city money. The raison d’être of the Department of Homelessness over the past couple of years has been to eliminate redundancies and curtail city funding to low-performing nonprofits.  The mayor’s apparent argument that this city doesn’t know where its money is going or what it’s doing is inaccurate — and even cynical. It seems designed to appeal to voters’ visceral anger and disgust (“I PAY TOO MUCH FOR RENT AND THERE’S SHIT EVERYWHERE!”) rather than explain what the city really is doing and how government really works. It’s a dangerous thing for city officials to wield citizens’ low expectations as a shield.    We can always do a better job with the resources we have, but squeezing the efficiencies out of our current system is not going to make a tangible change in what is an out-and-out humanitarian crisis on our streets. Taken on their face, Breed’s arguments about the inadequacies of our current system are actually self-defeating: If our mayor has a problem with the performance of our homeless infrastructure, it’s her obligation to initiate changes. If she had a problem with the level of funding we have been providing to homeless services, she should have stated as much when she was Board President.  Out-of-town visitor to San Francisco complains about conditions on the streets.Gavin Newsom had a real skill at stealing other politicians’ good ideas. Sadly, Mayor Breed has stolen one of his bad ideas — that upping our homeless services will render this city a magnet for homeless people. That San Francisco will, quite literally, be given the bum’s rush. “We have identified no research that found that expanded homelessness services or facilities increases homelessness,” reads the controller’s Economic Impact Report — which was, apparently, rather selectively cited to buttress Breed’s arguments.In the coming months, this city will, finally, fully implement its coordinated homeless entry system and centralized homeless data systems. This city’s administrators — overseen, once more, by our elected officials — have crafted prioritizations of service. The Joad family is not hopping off a freight train and getting an apartment. To receive housing, one must document decades of street living. If Prop. C leads to its promised 4,000 housing units, perhaps this wait will be cut down to a mere five years of living outdoors. “Come out here for 30 days and see how excited you are to wait five years,” says one longtime city homeless worker. “It’s not easy.” No, it’s not. And, guess what: Homeless people are already coming to San Francisco. Perhaps, for many, it really is because you can buy cheap drugs here and essentially use them with impunity. But homeless people have lots of reasons to come to San Francisco, just as housed people do. They come because it’s San Francisco. This is happening, as Newsom was wont to say, whether you like it or not. Following Benioff’s announcement, celebrity support for the wonky-sounding Homeless Gross Receipts Tax flooded in online. Chris Rock said he’s with Marc. So did Jewel. It’s not exactly indicative of a healthy government or society when a hefty augmentation of social services requires private signature-gatherers, a billionaire’s support, and online commendations from comedians and singers. But that’s where we are. And a ballot measure, unlike a candidate, at least has to ostensibly do what it says it’ll do. San Francisco’s mayor could have confounded and neutralized the city’s political left for years by embracing homeless measure Prop. C. Instead, she isolated herself, rejecting it with specious arguments. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

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2019 Members can get 50 per cent off their tickets

first_img2019 Members can get 50 per cent off their tickets before April 30, 2019 if they buy direct from the club.Prices are:Weekend:Mem AdultMem ConcessionMem JuniorAdultConcessionJuniorCAT 1: Main Stand Reserved£37.50£25£18.75£75£50£37.50CAT2: Kenny Dalglish Unreserved£30£20£15£60£40£30CAT3: Kop Stand Unreserved£20£15£10£40£30£20Day:Mem AdultMem ConcessionMem JuniorAdultConcessionJuniorCAT 1: Main Stand Reserved£25£17.50£12.50£50£35£25CAT2: Kenny Dalglish Unreserved£20£12.50£10£40£25£20CAT3: Kop Stand Unreserved£12.50£10£6.25£25£20£12.50Concessions are 65+, Students and Serving Military whilst juniors are 16 & Under.All children under the age of two can attend the game free of charge but still require a ticket.All fans who wish to purchase wheelchair spaces should contact the RFL on 0844 856 113 or email ticketing@rfl.co.ukSaints do have ambulant disabled tickets in the ticket office.To buy call into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, telephone 01744 455 052 or go online here.last_img read more

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YMCA Family Pool opens in Wilmington

first_img It also features an aquatic play area, splash features, space for volleyball and basketball hoop as well as an underwater bench for swim lessons.“This new Family Pool is only the beginning of what is to come for the Nir Family YMCA. We look forward to opening the doors to the rest of the YMCA by the end of this year,” says Dick Jones, President & CEO of the YMCA of Southeastern NC.You can also host birthday parties there.Related Article: Add a little boogie to your summer at NHRMC Dancin’ in the Park seriesThe YMCA is currently undergoing a $9.8 million renovation.The project is currently on schedule to open by the end of this year. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Here’s some news you’ll be happy to dive into! Wilmington’s YMCA pool is now open again!The new state-of-the-art-pool will serve as the Y’s primary space for family swim, swim lessons, warm water aerobics and summer camp.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Republican in undecided Congress race fighting health scare

first_img A reconstituted state elections board is expected to hold a hearing next month into whether Harris narrowly won the 9th Congressional District race in November over Democrat Dan McCready. Officials are investigating allegations that a worker for Harris’ campaign committed fraud involving mail-in ballots. Mark Harris walks to a meet with state elections investigators in Raleigh on Jan. 3, 2019. (Photo: WSOC) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Republican candidate in the nation’s last undecided congressional election says he’s in the hospital recovering from infections attacking his internal organs.Mark Harris said in a Facebook statement Friday that what he called “a relatively uncommon form of strep bacteria” infected his bloodstream and liver. Campaign spokesman Jason Williams confirmed the post’s authenticity but refused to say where Harris is being treated.Harris said he was stricken more than a week ago with what seemed like bronchitis. He says he’s improving with rest and fluids.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Check out which sub post offices will be closed on Saturday

first_imgMaltaPost is informing the general public that the following sub post offices (SPO) will be closed on Saturday 8th of June 2019.Qormi – Sub Post Office at Electroit Stationery, in Meample Square;Birkirkara – Sub Post office at D Spiral Stationery, in Triq il-Vitorja;Ta’Xbiex – Sub Post Office at Fleet Stationery, in Testaferrata Street.The Ta’ Xbiex SPO will remain reopen on Thursday 13th June. (An earlier version reported that this post office would re-open on the 9th June.)Meanwhile, MaltaPost is also remaining everyone that the post offices in Qormi, Birkirkara and Gżira will remain open for clients in the same localities.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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June was the driest and hottest in decades

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint There was no rainfall or precipitation during the month of June, Malta’s Meteorologists have said.According to their assessments for the past month, June 2019 is considered to be one of four Junes in the last seven decades not to have any precipitation fall on the Maltese archipelago.Read more:Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks recordsEurope’s heatwave burns on, but eases from record highsThis is notwithstanding the heat.The assessment states that June 2019 was recorded as the hottest in almost a century (1923).They state that the Maltese islands saw an average temperature of 26.3°C, with the first major heat-wave taking place on the 8 – 10th June, with the peak temperature being 37.8% on the 9th.Europe-wide, Malta faced the brunt of the heat with Europe only experiencing a 2°C increase above its average for this time of year.Likewise, sea temperatures hit 22.5°C for Malta, one degree higher than normal.As for hours of sunshine, it is recorded that there were almost 350 hours of sunshine across June, 22 hours greater than normal. The peak sunshine was recorded on June 3rd at 13.1 hours, the least being recorded at 7.4 on June 15th.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Nasri close to sealing West Ham deal

first_imgWest Ham are set to offer a six-month contract to Samir Nasri who is a free agent after leaving Turkish side Antalyaspor earlier this year. The former Manchester City and Arsenal midfielder is currently still serving an 18-month doping ban that ends on 31st December.The 31-year-old Frenchman is set to become West Ham’s first signing of the January transfer window and the move shall see him reunite with coach Manuel Pellegrini, with whom he won the English Premier League during his stint at Manchester City.The Hammers are also interested in signing a defensive midfielder and could move for Besiktas’ Gary Medel or Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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