Isle of Man News last updated 06 March 2015 20:36:13

NHS dentist charges to increase

POSTED yesterday at 5:05 pm by Joanne Clague

It will cost more to visit the dentist from April 1 if a 10-12 per cent increase in charges gets Tynwald's approval. Health Minister Howard Quayle said: 'The increase in charges is the first for almost five years and is actually slightly below the rise in inflation over that period.' He said the charges would be brought in line with those in Engl...

£6.8million aid for farmers

POSTED yesterday at 1:46 pm by Joanne Clague

A scheme aimed at supporting farmers comes before Tynwald this month.An acknowledgement of the growing cider market is part of a new agricultural development fund that will replace the countryside care scheme.More than 350 recipients should benefit from funding.Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Richard Ronan said the scheme w...

High demand for family homes in the south

POSTED yesterday at 10:53 am

Local property developer Hartford Homes has released two new house designs at its Cronk Cullyn development in Colby following the sale of all its four-bed homes. With all the original four-bed properties now reserved, the family-run business has unveiled plans for two new home types to meet market demand.  Hartford Homes director James Greenhalgh explained that within only a few days of bringing the new Raleigh and Berkley homes to market, two had already been reserved. He said: “The popularity of our detached and terraced properties at Cronk Cullyn has been unprecedented and it just goes to show that there is a strong desire for quality new-build family homes in the south of the island.” “As a company, we aim to listen to and learn from...

Children's charter to help vulnerable

POSTED yesterday at 7:17 am

Giving children the best possible opportunities in life is the aim of a strategy Tynwald will be asked to approve this month.A five-year plan addresses the key actions called for in a review of children's services that was carried out by the Scottish Care Inspectorate in 2013.It identified a need to improve early identification and intervention, to improve support for children with complex needs and to develop creativity and innovation through collaborative leadership.Education Minister Tim Crookall said the strategy would cover young people from birth to 18, adding: 'The majority of our 17,000-plus children and young people do well in life but, for some, the challenges they face – whether brought about by social or economic issues or disab...

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