MHK Blog 22nd to 28th April 2019

2019-04-27T11:11:04+01:0027 April 2019|

Blog 28 Apr 19On Thursday the Cabinet Office published the 2018 Passenger Survey, which confirmed a small increase in overall visitor numbers for the Isle of Man last year.

The announcement also included a restatement of the 2016 and 2017 figures following a change […]

We need a better system for housing maintenance

2019-04-25T14:13:57+01:0025 April 2019|

Ray Harmer MHKThe government needs a better system for determining how much local authorities can spend on maintenance of public sector houses.

That was the admission from Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer, whose department is responsible for public sector housing stock.

At present local […]

Onchan Commissioners criticise Boot

2019-04-25T14:10:13+01:0025 April 2019|

Manx Independent, April 18, 2019

Onchan Commissioners have expressed their ’disappointment’ with Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot over his denying their appeal.

Mr Boot refused to overturn principle planning permission awarded for an 80-bed care home on King Edward Road, despite the recommendation of […]

Boot: Planning appeals power ‘rest with me’

2019-04-23T09:44:32+01:0023 April 2019|

Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot has told the House of Keys in no uncertain terms who is in charge when it comes to planning appeals.

Mr Boot was asked by Onchan MHK Rob Callister to explain his decision to over-rule the independent inspector’s […]

10p school bus fare rise defended

2019-04-23T09:41:51+01:0023 April 2019|

Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer has defended the decision to increase school bus fares by 10p per journey.

But he appeared to leave some MHKs scratching their heads with some of the justifications he offered up for the increase, which could increase a […]

Minister pledges review of support for off-island patients

2019-04-23T09:27:57+01:0023 April 2019|

Patients and their carers or companions don’t receive enough help with accommodation when they are forced to travel off-island for treatment, Health Minister David Ashford has admitted.

He has pledged a review of the current contribution levels for patients who require overnight […]

MHK Blog 15th to 21st April 2019

2019-04-23T09:34:01+01:0020 April 2019|

Blog 21 Apr 19Happy Easter and I hope everyone is able to enjoy a short break!

I was in my Tynwald office having a quiet five minutes and a coffee after the House of Keys sitting on Tuesday morning reflecting on what had been […]

Don’t mention Manx Radio during radio coverage of the TT

2019-04-19T21:03:15+01:0019 April 2019|

The commentary for the 2019 TT will not be a Manx Radio product and the station will have to drop its Manx Radio TT branding.

A freedom of information request from the Isle of Man Examiner reveals the terms agreed by the Department for Enterprise and Manx Radio for this […]

Edge refuses to answer question about Post Office

2019-04-19T20:59:56+01:0019 April 2019|

Post Office chairman Julie Edge has refused to answer a House of Keys question about the decision to terminate a contract with a UK bank.

The contract with Santander UK, to process bank customers’ deposits through post officers, is due to stop on Monday.

Rob Callister (Onchan) has been a vocal […]

Housing authorities broke spending cap on multiple occasions

2019-04-19T20:57:30+01:0019 April 2019|

MHK calls for maintenance cap to be lifted

Housing authorities broke their maintenance spending cap on at least ten occasions in the last seven years.

The Department of Infrastructure limits how much rental income can be spent on property upkeep.

It was revealed Onchan Commissioners broke the allowance cap three years in a […]