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By One percent
Ok, so looking at getting a straightforward two story extension done. The last time I did this, in London, a very nice older bloke, one man band type bloke came round. Went way, came back after a week or two with beautiful hand drawn, old fashioned drawings that told any prospective builders what to do. He did the planning permission thingy with the council (we paid the council their ransom money), got it into building control (again we paid their ransom money), all for around the 500 quid mark.
fast forward ten or so years, this time in the wilds of Yorkshire, an architectural firm, local, want well north of 2 grand for this. Ffs.
Back on the phone.
Does anyone have a ballpark figure of what I should expect to pay?
By One percent
Just breaking. On the So-Called BBC of all places.
A huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen's private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens.
Donald Trump's commerce secretary is shown to have a stake in a firm dealing with Russians sanctioned by the US.
The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains 13.4m documents, mostly from one leading firm in offshore finance.
BBC Panorama is part of nearly 100 media groups investigating the papers.
As with last year's Panama Papers leak, the documents were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which called in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to oversee the investigation.
Sunday's revelations form only a small part of a week of disclosures that will expose the tax and financial affairs of some of the hundreds of people and companies named in the data, some with strong UK connections.
Many of the stories focus on how politicians, multinationals, celebrities and high-net-worth individuals use complex structures of trusts, foundations and shell companies to protect their cash from tax officials or hide their dealings behind a veil of secrecy.
The vast majority of the transactions involve no legal wrongdoing.
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