Council Tax & Business rates on the up!
Council leaders have issued a warning that services will be cut or severely strained unless council tax is increased. Almost every council has planned to raise council tax per household, and in some cases that could be up to 4.99%. The cost of elderly care is being cited as the reason for the increase.
Staying with council revenues, The government has mounted a staunch defence of the shakeup in business rates, after Britain’s biggest business groups strongly condemned the changes.
Trump makes his own Fake News with a terrorist attack in Sweden
Trump turned Nostradamus over the weekend, where his comments during a rally in Florida on Saturday night that seemed to suggest a non-existent terrorist attack had taken place in Sweden, Did somebody say #fakenews?
Perhaps the president is confused between the terrorist attacks that took place in Pakistan last week. The bloodiest and worst week in Pakistan’s recent history. Incidently, shouldn’t he have tweeted JeSuisLahore? perhaps Muslims deaths don’t matter to him.
The Battle for Mosul begins.
Iraqi government forces have started their offensive aimed at capturing the western half of Mosul. Iraqi paramilitary federal police and interior ministry units are advancing from the south of Mosul with the initial aim of seizing the city airport. But the heaviest fighting is likely to come when the soldiers get into built up areas. Jihadis expected to fight to the last man to defend the city where the group established its self-declared caliphate.
Peers to begin debating the bill paving the way for the start of Brexit
The House of Lords is to start deliberating on the Brexit bill. MPs have already backed the proposed law authorising Theresa May to inform the EU of the UK’s intention to leave. But the government does not have a majority in the House of Lords where a record 190 peers are due to speak, with a number of amendments put forward.