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Comparison of tenant deposit schemes in England and Wales

In England and Wales there are three government-approved tenancy deposit schemes (Scotland and Northern Ireland have different schemes). They are Deposit Protection Service (DPS) MyDeposits  Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) Insured vs. custodial scheme Insured scheme: the landlord/agent can hold the tenancy deposits during the term of the tenancy. They need to pay a fee to the deposit scheme to register the deposit. At the end of tenancy, if the tenant raises a dispute, they must transfer the disputed amount to the deposit scheme until the matter is resolved by a free dispute resolution service provided by the scheme or a court.  Custodial scheme: the scheme holds the deposit for the duration of the tenancy. Custodial Schemes is free of charge for the landlord/agent. At the end of tenancy, both parties agree before the deposit can be released to the tenant/landlord. If there is a dispute, the release of deposit will be based on the decision of the free dispute resolution service provided b

Focus Newsletter: Cllr posed beside a pile of dog mess

In this edition of Focus Newsletters (produced and delivered by Lib Dems), Cllr Derrick Tuplin posed beside a pile of dog mess in Humbleton Drive, showing that he "has noticed an increased amount of dog mess on pavements and verges"; he also examined "a damaged bin in Pimlico", which give "responsible dog owners", I think,  an excellent excuse not to clear up after their dogs, because they "have been frustrated by vandals burning out the bin". Good news from Neighbourhood Forum in Mackworth, the local police were pleased to announce the lowest crime figures for 10 years. According to Wikipedia , "there are some gangs still around this area, namely CLF, the Mackworth Manz and Mackworth Mafia". I didn't know this before I move to this area, and shocked by my finding. Mackworth Forum meets in the community Centre, Prince Charles Avenue at 7 pm 21 April, 16 June, 18 August, 20 October, and 8 December.

Small Dingy Slum Community called "China"

Miss Calder's Children, A Social History of Belper. Biography and Critique on Mondern Education, by Narvel S. Annable, Belper, 1997. In this book (page 35) Narvel Annable sympathetically and vividly describes a "notorious yet celebrated small dingy slum community called 'China'. This slum community was not far from where little Narvel lived, it was "directly over the road", near the railway line. These foul poverty stricken cottages was removed in the late 1930's to make way for the construction of the oil refinery. As a Chinese, I am quite sensitive to anything about 'China'. It's quite interesting that people in Belper called their city slum community 'China'. Narvel Annable recorded several stories from this 'China'. In that time, people from different social classes seemed never to mix up, you might find the ugly faces of snobbery everywhere. [A girl lived] at the family business in King Street, S.T, Clay Milliners and