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Wednesday, 19th October 2016

Focus Ireland welcomes budget positive measures but warns “more immediate action vital to halt constant rise in the number of families becoming homeless”

Focus Ireland said last week’s Budget has some very

positive measures that will help deliver the Government’s Housing and Homelessness plan but the charity warned that more immediate action is vital to halt the constant rise in the number of families becoming homeless

The charity said that the commitment of €1.2 billion to allow for the implementation of the housing action plan is positive and “will help to put some flesh on the bones” of the Rebuilding Ireland plan and enable the delivery of housing in the coming years.

Focus Ireland Director of Advocacy Mike Allen said: “The Budget puts some welcome substance behind the long term strategy of Rebuilding Ireland but the measures to tackle the immediate crisis are far

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Wednesday, 12th October 2016

Michael Garland, bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

“You can have any colour as long as it’s orange!”

On Sunday 9th October over 2,000 participants completed the Solas Cancer Support Centre South East Run and Walk for Life. This event is one of the biggest participant events in the South East region and is now one of those annual events, that many a runner and walker make a priority, to train for, and to take part in.

The 2016 event started on the beautiful quays of Ireland’s Oldest City, against the backdrop of the mighty River Suir and the Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge. This rises majestically, over 100 metres, as a modern symbol of Waterford in the 21st Century. This mix of young and old was replicated in orange on Sunday. With hundreds of mums, dads, grannies, grandpas, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, friends and even

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Wednesday, 12th October 2016

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Is long term care affordable?

Rising life expectancy over the last 50 years means that today’s 65 year olds can look forward to at least another 20 years of life. However, living longer raises the problem of years of infirmity requiring intensive and expensive care. Who should pay for that care has become increasingly important for individuals, government and society?

Currently, long-term care in Ireland is financed principally from general taxation and private out-of-pocket expenditure. The public health system provides both residential and community services, but current funding arrangements favour residential care.

A subvention is available for care in a private nursing home if the recipient satisfies dependency criteria and a means-test. The level of subvention currently payable is generally insufficient to bridge the gap between income and the cost of care.

An insurance policy to provide long term care was

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Wednesday, 12th October 2016

Focus Ireland calls for govermentt action to protect Irish homes as banks gear up to sell millions of property to vulture funds Charity set to deliver a petition signed by over 10,000 people to Govt Calling For Action on Vulture Funds

Focus Ireland warned today that thousands more Irish homes are at risk as banks are set to sell many millions of Euros-worth of property to international vulture funds. The charity stressed that the Government steps so far to restrict vulture funds don’t go far enough and much stronger measures are essential to avoid a flood of evictions coming down the tracks.

Central Bank figures show that 47,000 Irish homes are currently owned by vulture funds. Meanwhile, Ulster Bank is reported to be offloading €875 million of distressed buy-to-let and home mortgages as AIB is said to be gearing up to sell

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Wednesday, 12th October 2016

The Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) has welcomed ‘Abhaile’ – the new Mortgage Arrears Resolution Service which was officially launched by the Tánaiste and the Minister for Social Protection recently.

The purpose of the Service is to help people in serious arrears to find the best available solutions, with the help of professionals who have expert knowledge of mortgages, insolvency, bankruptcy and/or repossession. The priority will be to find a sustainable solution that keeps a person in their home, where possible.

As part of the Service, borrowers can avail of a free consultation with a Personal Insolvency Practitioner, the professional debt advisors regulated by the ISI, to identify the best solution for their particular circumstances.

The ISI has launched a new phase of its ‘Back on Track’ information campaign with components across TV, radio and outdoor throughout the month of October. The campaign

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Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Your budget is just around the corner!

Waterford Council is currently preparing the 2017

budget. Last week we saw the first shots being fired in this annual battle of the abacuses. Our Councillors, quite rightly, opposed and ultimately rejected an Executive

proposal that would have increased your household charge, roof tax or Council tax by 7.5%.

This planned increase was to fill an indicated, circa €1,300,000, deficit hole in the 2017 budget. Interestingly, a similar figure also needed to be found, for a fissure that appeared in the 2016 budget – due, we were told, to the recalculation of rateable income from mobile phone masts and Irish Water infrastructure (I think!). With the direct result that an empty premises, commercial rates charge, of circa 20%, of the rateable value being introduced and levied on all empty premises in the City

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Wednesday, 5th October 2016

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

What do Financial Brokers do?

Financial Brokers provide financial advice and guidance to customers and it’s usually called financial planning. The term financial planning can cover a multitude of activities and tasks but when Financial Brokers speak about financial planning they mean something very specific indeed. Financial planning for them is working with their clients to understand the client’s financial needs, goals and desires and then putting in place a plan to address those issues.

The process begins by learning about you and getting a picture of where you stand financially. It means looking forward and taking into account future events and goals such as retirement and children’s education. There are certain events that might occur that will make those goals unachievable such as death, illness, loss of a job etc. A financial broker will set out ways that

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Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation, Mr. John Halligan T.D., is on a visit to Japan and South Korea from 1-7 October to enhance Ireland’s international collaboration in Research, Development and Innovation (R,D&I).

Minister Halligan will attend the 13th Annual Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society Forum in Kyoto. During the Forum, he will brief Japanese and international interlocutors on the progress and priorities of Irish R,D&I.

He will have meetings with key policy-makers from leading Japanese research-related Government Agencies, including the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

The Minister will also meet leading Japanese and Irish companies, with research and business links. Specifically, Minister Halligan will meet with Fujikin Controls, a hi-tech specialised valve manufacturer (for the semiconductor, power plants, petrochemical, medical, food, oceanic and space industries) and owner of Carten

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Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Ireland’s largest independently-owned pharmacy group Sam McCauley Chemists has been placed 4th out of 100 brands in Ireland in a survey based on excellence in customer experience.The survey was carried out by Amárach Consulting for Dublin-based Customer Experience Insights (CXi) to raise the level of customer experience excellence in Ireland.

First place went to the Irish Credit Union, with 2nd place going to Lush and 3rd to An Post.

The survey recognised Sam McCauley’s exceptional, personalised care and good value’ which is says has ensured loyal customers. “A wide range of unexpected offerings including healthcare, beauty, flu vaccination, weight management and lifestyle advice is supported by social media and online sales,” the report said.

Commenting on the high placing, Sam McCauley said; “We are thrilled and honoured to be held in such high regard by our customers. Offering the best choice, value for

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Wednesday, 5th October 2016

2015 Waterford’s Best Young Entrepreneur Winner urges young entrepreneurs and innovators to apply to Waterford’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition before October 14th deadline.

Last year Liam Sexton was awarded Waterford winner for “Best Idea” scooping a €10,000 investment from Waterford Local Enterprise Office for his “mobile app that allows users to convert images into fully-scaled CAD drawings through their smartphone” Photo2CAD. Liam at the time of entering Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) had just graduated from DCU after excelling in his Engineering degree and was looking for a challenge outside of the norm. Since entering the competition in July 2015 Liam has developed and adapted Photo2CAD, an idea he had while in his final year in college, into a product that will launch in 2017.

Liam believes that the supports and contacts he got from participating in Waterford’s Best Young Entrepreneur have

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