Isle of Man News last updated 04 October 2015 11:38:42

Poorest will have to 'heat or eat', says Celtic League

POSTED Fri at 3:57 pm by Joanne Clague

A political pressure group says the public is being 'assailed virtually on a daily basis' by increased charges and taxes. The Celtic League has responded to the news that there will be an increase in the standing charge for Manx Gas customers. Manx Gas says the new charging system is cost neutral and the OFT, which nows has a regulatory role, has...

New weddings website launched for local couples!

POSTED Fri at 11:34 am by LC

Local husband and wife team Laura and John have just launched ‘Your Big Day’ - the Isle of Man’s brand new one stop weddings website, directory and forum for couples getting married on the Isle of Man ( out of a moment of inspiration when planning their own wedding, Laura and John founded Your Big Day to help others plan a...

Work permit changes

POSTED Thu at 8:01 am

A relaxation of work permit legislation comes into force today.Under the new rules, nurses, social workers and employees in work deemed to be in the national interest will be exempt, while the process of applying for a work permit has been streamlined.The reforms are aimed at reducing bureaucracy and encouraging new business to the Isle of Man.Economic Development Minister Laurence Skelly said: 'The department’s aim is to balance the interests of Isle of Man workers, who continue to be protected by the new Act, with the need of employers to attract the skilled workers they require and so enable the long term economic development of the Isle of Man.'As the Chief Minister highlighted in his Agenda for Change speech in July’s Tynwald we need t...

Local authorities merger

POSTED Wed at 5:27 pm

Residents of Laxey, Lonan and Maughold are being urged to attend a public meeting next week to find out more about the proposal to amalgamate into a single entity.A new Garff authority would signal the first significant change to local authority structure in the Isle of Man for decades.A joint statement from the three authorities says: 'The Commissioners of Garff firmly believe that the proposed new authority would provide an ideal size and structure to allow the maintenance of close control over finances, efficiency and quality of service. It would also allow the continuation of the agile, and rapid response to individual queries and problems that ratepayers are accustomed to in Laxey, Lonan and Maughold.'The public meeting takes place at ...

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