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News story: Call for evidence: Home Office approach to charging for services

first_imgThe Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has begun work on an inspection of the Home Office’s charging for services in respect of its asylum, immigration, nationality and customs functions.The inspection will look at the rationale and authority for particular charges, including the amounts charged.It will also look at whether the Home Office is providing the services in question efficiently and effectively, including meeting agreed service levels where these exist, and at the means of redress where individuals are dissatisfied with the service they have received.Where the charged service is a premium option and a free service exists, the inspection will look at the relationship between the two, including how both are resourced and managed.The Independent Chief Inspector will be seeking inputs from the ICIBI’s regular stakeholders, but would also like to encourage contributions from anyone with first-hand knowledge or experience of Home Office charging for services.Please submit your evidence by 16 July 2018.Please email the Chief Inspector: [email protected] write to: ICIBI 5th Floor Globe House 89 Eccleston Square London SW1V 1PNlast_img read more

Starbucks pays £5m in tax

first_imgStarbucks, the global coffee chain, has paid £5m in corporation tax in the UK, it was revealed at the weekend.It is the company’s first such tax payment since 2009 and a spokeswoman said it had listened to its customers and would pay another £5m later this year.The move follows pressure from politicians and campaigners after it was revealed that Starbucks has only reported taxable profit once in 15 years in the UK.Starbucks said: “We listened to our customers in December and so decided to forgo certain deductions, which would make us liable to pay £10m in corporation tax this year and a further £10m in 2014.”Read our special report on Starbucks here: http://www.bakeryinfo.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/11163/Starbucks:_the_reputation_conundrum.htmllast_img read more

VIDEO Markermeer Project by Boskalis

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has just released this amazing video named ‘How we made our mark in the Markermeer lake’. In March 2016, Boskalis started work on the first stage of one of the largest nature restoration projects in western Europe – Marker Wadden.The project aimed to transform the ecologically impoverished Markermeer lake into a dynamic area rich in animal and plant life, through the creation of nature islands using sand, clay and fine sediment.Building with Nature techniques played a key role in the project, said Boskalis.last_img read more

Pope Francis wants ‘Church for poor’

first_img 45 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img FaithLifestyle Pope Francis wants ‘Church for poor’ by: – March 18, 2013 Tweet Pope FrancisPope Francis has said he wants “a poor Church, for the poor” following his election as head of the world’s 1.2bn Catholics on Wednesday. He said he chose the name Francis after 12-13th Century St Francis of Assisi, who represented “poverty and peace”.He urged journalists to get to know the Church with its “virtues and sins” and to share its focus on “truth, goodness and beauty”. Pope Francis takes over from Benedict XVI, who abdicated last month. The former Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was the surprise choice of cardinals meeting in Rome to choose a new head of the Church.In his first audience at the Vatican, he said Jesus Christ and not the Pope was the centre of the Church, which he stressed was “spiritual not political” in nature. He said the Holy Spirit had inspired the resignation of Benedict XVI and guided the cardinals choosing him as the next pontiff. The Pope said he had been inspired to take the name Francis by a Brazilian colleague who embraced him and whispered “don’t forget the poor” when it was announced that he had been elected Pope. He said he immediately thought of St Francis of Assisi, the Italian founder of the Franciscan Order who was devoted to the poor. As well as representing poverty and peace, he said St Francis “loved and looked after” creation – and he noted that humanity was “not having a good relationship with nature at the moment”.St Francis of Assisi is said to have loved animals as his “brothers and sisters” and even to have preached to birds. HumourThere had been speculation that Pope Francis – who was a member of the Jesuit order – had chosen his name in honour of St Francis Xavier, a 16th Century Jesuit missionary in Asia. But he said this was not the case. The new Pope’s style is very different to that of his predecessor, BBC Vatican correspondent David Willey says. He talks in simple, easy to understand terms about ethical values and shows a remarkable sense of humour, our correspondent says. Earlier, the Vatican said Pope Francis would visit his predecessor Pope emeritus Benedict next week. Pope Benedict, 85, became the first Pope in 600 years to abdicate last month when he said old age and health meant he could no longer continue in the job. BBC Newslast_img read more