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  1. Well i'll be selling up and heading North sometime in the next few years. I grew up in Rotherham, so i've been working in essex for the last 25 years. Waiting on a redundancy payoff or a couple more years and i'm out. Although not back to Rotherham, obviously. North Yorks somewhere i expect. Don't have much of a southern accent though.
  2. Number of deaths of people who had had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test They've been utterly disingenuous with the data for the last 6 months.
  3. You really need to look at the 7~14 day run rates, and how/when they are reporting deaths. They seem to forget that it's 1/3 that number at the weekend.
  4. not closed to key workers, and apologies for DM link, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9133597/Calls-attendance-cap-study-reveals-schools-60-CENT-full.html but much higher turnout than earlier lockdowns.
  5. They know exactly what benefit it brings, increasing/decreasing testing moves the case numbers in whichever direction they want.
  6. Of course, COVID Is Trumps legacy, not Bidens. There are still those here, that haven't got the message yet. Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of the United Kingdom Patrick Vallance described on Wednesday the COVID-19 situation in the UK as "very, very bad," especially regarding the number of hospitalizations. Talking to Sky News, Vallance noted that "some hospitals look like warzones" and predicted that "70% or more" of the entire UK population is going to have to be vaccinated in order to "get some degree of immunity." He reiterated the message delivered
  7. If they understand that those options are open to them and that they can break the conditioning of the protestant work ethic, with is still valued to some extent. In short, you’re assuming people act rationality. They don’t. Unless you’re born into the benefits class, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to live in it. Even if, materially at least, it's a better lifestyle.
  8. For personal, fine. It’s the local wages are X, therefore local rents and property prices should be Y. It’s meaningless, I don’t understand why people do it.
  9. We have minimum wages and we have minimums from LHA for rentals. We have state capitalism with price controls. Where you have price controls, the normal rules don’t work. Supply and demand is less relevant. The entire point of having price controls is to make supply and demand less relevant. If you want lower rentals and higher wages, then the state needs to get out of the way of setting them.
  10. What laws are those? Rentals are baselined by the LHA setting minimum for housing benefit. Halve the population and those minimums are still there and have you ever known a local housing authority reduce the amount they’ll pay to landlords.
  11. Wages maybe. But after the job loss following the end of furlough, doubt they’re going anywhere soon. Rents unlikely. Minimum rents are determined by the state.
  12. Minimum rents are controlled by the state and house prices are determine by the availability of credit. Very little to do with wages. This has been the case for 20 years so. So it still surprises me, when people here are still comparing them to wages.
  13. Well it's hardly a surprise is it. We've state price controls in place for minimum rents One bed rate where i live. £150 a week.
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