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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

International News




Most of us are quite lazy when it comes to the news. There are 24 hour news channels like the BBC and SKY news; surely they must cover all of the issues? If you thought so then you are in for a rude shock. Although these news channels claim to be international you will generally only hear what is going on in the UK. Sure there is news from the US and very major events are covered but they make the decision as to what is major and what is not. There is a major skew in terms of focus to the US, leaving only time for bad news from the Middle East and nothing from the east or South America. The only time you will hear about Africa is during the (depressing) charity commercials in-between.

 I became bored with this paltry offering and looked further afield. The first and easiest options are to look a few channels over at say Russia Today which has a strong US focus but in the negative skew. They also cover other world news with more breadth and depth. Al Jazeera English is another option which has a focus on the Middle East and Africa.


If you really want to know what is happening then I suggest looking at the websites of local newspapers or channels. This should give a more honest and in-depth view of what is happening on the ground. The media will always be able to control what we can see and hear but with the power of the internet we can to an extent now see past this. 

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