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first_imgActivists have paid tribute to Debbie Jolly, a central figure in the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement, a passionate advocate of the social model, and a researcher-activist who “brilliantly” exploited links between research and activism, who died last week.One friend and former colleague described her as “a force for good and an exceptional champion of all disabled people”.Her death has left many members of the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement shocked and devastated.Jolly (pictured), who died after a short illness, was a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), and had worked over at least two decades at local, national and European levels to further the cause of disability rights.Her death came just days after a report by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) confirmed allegations of “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s human rights by the UK government.Jolly, who lived in Leicestershire, had played a significant role in bringing those allegations to CRPD’s attention, and providing the evidence needed to prove those claims over several years.She was a long-time board member of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), and also a member of the Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED), of the National Union of Journalists, and of the editorial board of the journal Disability and Society.Despite her influence on the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement, Jolly shied away from the spotlight, and never sought media attention.Friends and colleagues this week described how she combined anger at injustice, determination, joy and vibrancy, and said she was both “a warrior and tireless campaigner for disabled people’s human rights” and a generous, caring and supportive mentor of other disabled activists.Linda Burnip, who had worked closely with Jolly for years as a fellow co-founder of DPAC, including on the complaint to the UN, said in a statement issued on behalf of DPAC’s steering group that disabled people had “lost a friend and advocate and a fighter for our movement”.She said: “Debbie was one of the main people involved in initiating the UN inquiry into the UK’s grave and systematic violation of disabled people’s human rights, which will be a lasting testimony to her life and work.“Debbie was a warrior and tireless campaigner for disabled people’s human rights and most of all she never wanted to be hailed as a heroine or praised by others for the work that she did.”A DPAC colleague, Ellen Clifford, added: “The enormous hole she has left is testament to what a rare and amazing person she was.“She never courted publicity or self-aggrandisement but believed in the collective struggle and was uncompromising in her commitment to the social model of disability.“To those she valued she was also endlessly supportive and caring. Her belief in me gave me a rock that at many times I would have been lost without.”But Clifford added: “However, she would want us not to mourn but to organise and to continue the fight that she dedicated her life to. And so, though it hurts, we have to go on.”Another DPAC colleague, Bob Ellard, said Jolly was “an admired colleague and a truly great activist. But more than that she was a much-loved friend.“She mentored me with great patience when I joined the disabled people’s activism community and she taught me so much.“I will always cherish her memory and be thankful that I had the chance to know her.”John McArdle, co-founder of DPAC’s Scottish sister organisation, Black Triangle, said: “It’s because of the work, love and dedication of women like Debbie that the world continues to carry on, so this generation of disabled people and those yet unborn will have a future and a hope.”He said the UN report would stand as Jolly’s “last will and testament”.Jamie Bolling, ENIL’s executive director, said Jolly would be “greatly missed” and was “much appreciated for her leadership skills and her straightforward messages on independent living”.Jolly was employed by ENIL between 2007 and 2009 on a project promoting independent living across Europe, and had served on the ENIL board since 2013.She was also active in ENIL’s Alliance Against Disability Cuts, pushing the European Parliament to counter the impact of austerity measures on disabled people, and was involved in ENIL’s project to promote independent living in Turkey, as well as working with Bulgaria’s centre for independent living. Bolling said: “A strong believer in the user-led grassroots groups, she made sure ENIL is able to engage with and support disabled people active at the local level in their countries.”And she said that the CRPD inquiry Jolly helped to spark would “hopefully help change the policy and practice not just in the UK, but will encourage other groups in Europe to take similar action”.She added: “Debbie was in full force fighting the battle against institutionalization of disabled people, and for deinstitutionalization.“Her research on independent living is greatly appreciated and will continue to be of relevance for years to come.”The artist-activist Ann Whitehurst and academic and cultural critic Dr Paul Darke – co-founders of the disability arts organisation Outside Centre – met Jolly for the first time on the same day in 2007, when she was speaking about Rethinking Disability Representation in Museums and Art Galleries, a major piece of academic research she was working on.Whitehurst and Darke worked on a short film of ENIL’s Freedom Drive in 2009, which Jolly was involved in organising, and which they say “stands as a testament to her work, her commitment and her internationalism”, as well as her passion.Jolly also wrote the main essay for their photo-book about the London 2012 Paralympic Games, All Swim In The River Of Life And Lean Towards Salvation, which, they said, “made the book and totally outshone our (art) work for its (political) passion on disability”.Darke said he and Whitehurst had met Jolly regularly for lunch in Wolverhampton over the last few years, “discussing life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, all of which we agreed were intertwined and, as such, ever elusive”. Darke said: “Ann and I will both miss Debbie greatly; not just her company but her ability to educate, to teach, to listen, to inspire a political passion, and to drink more tea than us at any one sitting.   “Debbie was one of the best and will be missed at a time when she is more needed than ever. “Tears, words and emotional responses will never be enough to describe her contribution to us and many other individuals but sadly it is all one can muster at the loss of a great friend, mentor and supporter of disabled people, of me, of Ann and of disabled people across Europe. “The future was indeed bright with Debbie and seems much gloomier without her to lead us to the light that is now gone.”Whitehurst added: “I can’t bear to be without the intellectual stimulus and joy and vibrancy of her. We are beloved comrades, beloved friends.“I will not think of Debbie in the past tense. In her spirit and her intellect she is the theory, the analysis, the resolve of DPAC.“As long as it remains steadfast to upholding the political and social principle of full equality for all and the social model of disability, she will remain intellectually, passionately, alive through it.”John Clarke met Jolly through his work as organiser of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) in Canada, which itself was experiencing austerity-driven cuts to disabled people’s support.He said: “Despite the disadvantage of her only ever appearing to us in the form of email messages, her fine qualities came through very clearly. “Disabled people in the UK have faced austerity, abandonment and an accompanying assault on their dignity.“Resistance is hard and despair all too easy but Debbie had within her the anger, the love, the determination and the political judgement that has enabled DPAC to ensure that disabled people have not just resisted austerity but have given a lead to others.“In September, I was able to travel to London for the DPAC week of action, meet Debbie in person and entirely confirm the view of her I had already formed.“We are so sad she has gone but so proud and grateful that Debbie Jolly lived. We’ll take her contribution with us into the struggles for justice that lie ahead.”As well as her work with DPAC, ENIL, ANED and other organisations, Jolly leaves behind an impressive catalogue of academic and journalistic publications.She studied at Leeds University’s hugely influential Centre for Disability Studies, under Professor Colin Barnes, at a time when the atmosphere at the centre was “very communal” and drenched in the idea of disability activism.She received a post-graduate diploma in disability studies, and many of her subsequent articles can be read online on the centre’s website.Barnes said Jolly was  “not a theorist”, but a “strong advocate of social model thinking”, and was a “great loss to the disabled people’s movement”.He paid tribute to her role in co-founding DPAC, which he said was “probably the most important organisation campaigning for disability rights in the UK”.He said: “She wasn’t interested in being interviewed or being a major personality; she found that to be unnecessary.”Dr Alan Roulstone, former professor of disability studies at Leeds, said Jolly had been a “first-rate researcher” and had managed “brilliantly to build and actively exploit links between evidence and activism”.He said: “She was critical of orthodoxies and wasn’t afraid to question ministers, charity chief executives and academics alike.“Debbie was a very strong, focused person, but immensely human, softly-spoken and considerate.”She was, he said, “a force for good and an exceptional champion of all disabled people”.Among the academic work she leaves behind is an article from 2010, for ENIL, in which she gauged the mood of disabled people internationally on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and its effectiveness.She concludes, two years before she would start to push for the UK government to be investigated for breaches of the treaty: “Many respondents said that monitoring and evaluation processes must be strengthened with sanctions applied to those governments that did not implement or ratify.”Roulstone said Jolly was “central to the research on direct payments from the early to mid-2000s” and was “lead researcher on a number of very robust studies, ranging from direct payments to transport access and welfare to work”, including a piece of work for the Disability Rights Commission in 2006 on disabled people’s use of public transport.Another article, published in the wake of the 2011 Dilnot report on the funding of social care, and subtitled “eight things disabled people should know about the Dilnot report”, expressed Jolly’s contempt for “a series of ideologically driven ‘cuts’ by a government intent on removing the fabric of a post-war welfare state”.She says later in the article that the system was “in crisis” and “constantly denies individuals and families the support and investment that a relatively wealthy country is capable of providing.“A crisis matched by the erosion of disability rights and supports fought for by disabled people over the past 20 years in a regime that is severely impacting on the lives of disabled people now, and that will impact negatively on future generations.”Another influential article, A Tale of Two Models, was published by DPAC in 2012, and took aim at neo-liberalism, the American insurance giant Unum, and the so-called biopsychosocial model of disability, while delivering a passionate defence of the social model.In the article, she critcises the way the big disability charities try to speak for disabled people in a bid to secure “lucrative government contracts”, and how they helped design the work capability assessment, and then spoke out and campaigned against it.“This is not about getting people into work – there are no jobs, much less jobs for disabled people,” she wrote.“It is not about even about ‘thinking yourself well’ or tortured nonsensical models shored up by dubious academics in the pay of Unum.“This is about denying benefits, denying illness and denying disability: It’s about something Unum have a successful history of: denying pay outs for disabled people while capitalising on fear and risk.“It’s about an ideological regime of misery and austerity in the twelfth richest country in the world.“It amounts to the biggest government benefit fraud in social welfare and human rights in contemporary history.”In her own short biography on ENIL’s website, Jolly calls for more grassroots campaigns, which she says would help in “motivating more disabled people to demand change, engage in rights arguments and in developing more of our own solutions to our imposed social and economic inequalities”.Her son, Oliver, said in a statement this week that his mother was “an incredible human being” and that her family were “immensely proud of her” and “utterly devastated to have lost her, and for disability rights to have lost such an important campaigner”.Activists last night dedicated a protest outside parliament – which called for an end to welfare reform and highlighted the need for the government to be held to account for the UN report – to Jolly, while her family said they would donate the money they would have spent on a traditional funeral to DPAC.Oliver said: “The concept of a funeral made little sense to Debbie. She felt that a person could be mourned without the need of such ceremonies.“We feel that Debbie would rather have money go towards the cause she dedicated herself so passionately towards and therefore have decided not to have a conventional funeral, but instead we will donate the money saved to DPAC.”Picture by Pete Richeslast_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A young disabled woman has described the abuse she experienced in a charity-run mental health hospital, and has called for more to be done to close such long-stay institutions.Abigail Donohoe (pictured) spent more than six years in mental health hospitals in her late teens and early 20s, including more than two years at a brain injury service run by the St Andrew’s Healthcare charity in Northampton.Although the charity’s brain injury service was rated good (PDF) when last inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016, the regulator this month placed the adolescents service on the same site into special measures (PDF).The adolescents service for young disabled people attracted media attention last year when it was revealed that one autistic teenager called Bethany had been kept in seclusion for nearly two years and was often fed through a hatch.The same service had already been exposed the previous year by Channel 4’s Dispatches, which featured a visit by former Liberal Democrat social care minister Norman Lamb, who described his horror at the use of segregation he found there.Now a CQC inspection has placed the service in special measures, giving it six months to make urgent improvements, after raising serious concerns about safety, and warning that staff “did not always treat patients with kindness, dignity, compassion and respect”.Donohoe is not autistic herself, but she says she can display “challenging behaviour with autistic traits”, which was why she was admitted to the neuropsychiatry unit.She was originally admitted to St Andrew’s as a voluntary patient in 2013, but she was later sectioned.She arrived during a period of crisis, having been led to believe that she would receive a thorough, six-week assessment followed by recommendations for a continuing programme of treatment.But she did not leave for more than two years, and then spent another two years at Milton Park Therapeutic Campus, in Bedford, firstly on section for a year and then as a voluntary patient for another year because there were no community-based placements available.Milton Park, now renamed Lakeside, was rated as “requires improvement” earlier this year by CQC, and remains in “special measures” after previously being rated “inadequate”.This week, Donohoe described to Disability News Service how she was kept in seclusion for hours at a time at St Andrew’s.While some staff were supportive and caring, others taunted or threatened her, and physical restraint was common and could last up to 30 minutes, including techniques such as bending her wrists, lying on top of her, or injecting her with powerful sedatives against her will.She believes the kind of abuse she experienced is widespread in many institutions.Donohoe, who is currently living with her family with outreach support while she tries to find a suitable supported living setting where she can live independently in the community, has now written to MPs and peers on the joint committee on human rights (JCHR) to push for wide-ranging reform.Since leaving “high-pressure institutional settings”, she has been “so much calmer”, she said.She said the failure to release patients from long-stay institutions is partly connected to the profits such services can make for the organisations running them because of the huge fees they are able to charge.And they often justify the failure to release patients like her by recording every single offensive or aggressive word as a separate incident – which happened at St Andrew’s – allowing them to exaggerate how often a patient has been offensive or aggressive and demonstrate why they cannot be released.She said: “That makes me look like an abusive monster. I can be very challenging, but not 200 separate incidents, and often it will have been caused by goading from the staff.”The goading at St Andrew’s involved threatening her with powerful medication or telling her she will be “here forever” if she does not “shut up”.“They do that to make it look as if you need to be in hospital,” she said.She has spoken of her hope to speak out on behalf of fellow patients to help in the push for reform.She contrasts the treatment of people with conditions such as diabetes and schizophrenia, who receive crisis inpatient healthcare and then receive ongoing community-based care, with the care often handed out to autistic people, and those with learning difficulties and impairments like hers, who are often “warehoused” for years on end in long-stay hospital units.She said: “The system is completely ineffective, and it is about locking people away. It needs a complete overhaul.”She believes that the six-week timeframe she was told to expect is the only one acceptable for someone in her position to be detained in such a setting.After that period expires, she says, and the recommendations have been made, support should be provided in an inclusive community setting.She points to the case of Jade Hutchings, an autistic woman and a pen pal of hers, whose own case was written about in the mainstream media last year when it emerged that she had been locked in an assessment and treatment unit for more than 13 years.Donohoe said there needed to be more effort to hear from service-users like her, although she accepts that many patients cannot speak for themselves because of their impairments and the fear of services taking revenge on them if they do speak out.She said: “I am extremely frustrated that it is not changing despite all the scandals.”Only last week, she watched two senior CQC figures giving evidence to the JCHR about the regulator’s failure to halt the abuse at Whorlton Hall, later exposed by an undercover reporter working for BBC’s Panorama.Donohoe said the whole care system was failing and CQC itself needed to do more to “take ownership” of the problems.She said she did not trust the CQC’s ratings, and added: “There’s not a lot of point in having them if you can’t trust the ratings.”A spokesperson for St Andrew’s said: “We support vulnerable people and have a duty of care which we take very seriously. “An important part of this is respecting patients’ confidentiality. For this reason we never comment on whether someone is or has been a patient at St Andrew’s Healthcare.”But she added: “Seclusion is used for the shortest possible time and only ever when other less restrictive methods have failed.“A person is only restrained – and then only for the shortest possible time – when they have become a risk or danger to themselves, other patients or staff, and only when all other de-escalation methods have failed.“The CQC have recently recognised the reduction in the use of restrictive practices within our services, such as prone restraint and rapid tranquilisation.“For those patients who are referred to our hospital environments at a time when they are at their most vulnerable, our role is to provide care as best we can and proactively advocate on their behalf when we believe it is right for them to move on.”But Donohoe said St Andrew’s had not advocated for its patients from her experience.She said: “They are encouraging people to be kept there longer by exaggerating incidents in the way they are reported.”She said she could not say what St Andrew’s was like now, but when she was there she was often kept in seclusion for hours, with staff making no effort to de-escalate the situation by engaging with her.She weighs about eight-and-a-half stone and would often be physically restrained by “six big guys”.She said the thought of what she went through while being restrained still makes her angry.She added: “Occasionally I did get seriously hurt during the course of restraint.“It was quite damaging to every sort of recovery. That was why I had to go to Milton Park, to recover from St Andrew’s.”last_img read more

Parking lot on Florida Street purchased for 112M could become ninestory tower

first_imgA massive parking lot located near Florida and 16th streets could become a nine-story, 151-unit mixed-use building. The project’s would-be developers — a partnership between DM Development and Urban Land Development — purchased the parking lot for $11.2 million in early December. The project would include 28 units of on-site affordable housing and 1,577 ground-floor square feet of retail space — though these plans are not set in stone. Official plans for the site should be submitted to the city by mid-February. “It’s very early in the process, so there’s not a lot of details,” said Mark MacDonald, the CEO of DM Development. The developers are positioning themselves to invoke California’s Density Bonus program, which would add 35 percent density to the base project and bring it up from seven to nine stories. A “base” project — meaning without the invocation of the state law — would be a seven-story, 112-unit building. MacDonald said that as the process moves forward, “we will be doing a lot of community outreach.” Through that process, he said, more concrete plans will be worked out. DM Development has several projects in the works in San Francisco — 27 units at 188 Octavia Street and 41 condos at 1515 Union Street — but nothing this big. MacDonald said his company has a lot of experience working in San Francisco. But is he ready to build in the Mission District? “We are certainly aware that there are passionate people in the neighborhood and in San Francisco,” he said. “We’ve worked with neighborhoods across the city and very much looking forward to working in the Mission with everyone else.” Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

Neighborhood Notes Goodbye Copy Central Mission hello Sunday Streets

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Copy Central Mission to shutter next FridayFriday, March 15 will be the last day to get any copies or printing done at Mission Bernal’s Copy Central Mission at 3181 Mission St. The copy store, which has been operating at the same location for more than 30 years, is calling it quits due to financial pressures.Copy Central’s owner, Carolina Vallejo, said she originally bought the business from its previous owner back in 2011 when she was just 21 years old. Vallejo had worked there as a teen, and had been squirreling away money to travel abroad when she was, instead, offered the business. But business has slowed over the past couple of years, Vallejo said, and she’s unwilling to prop it up with her own savings. What’s more, while business has tapered off, her rent swelled up an extra $1,700 a month.  Even this year’s tax season, which she said often provides a bump in business, has thus far failed to balance the copy store’s books.  With declining customers and decreases in hand-filed taxes, Vallejo began considering getting out of the business in December of last year. “I’ll miss coming into work every day and working with artists, Latino people, and people from the community needing help. It’s been very special,” Vallejo said. But at just 29, Vallejo is excited to try something new and work on a resume for the first time in a decade, she said.She plans on holding a farewell party at the copy store on March 23.Sunday Streets arrives on Valencia Sunday Streets is set to kick off its season opener with a full street closure on Sunday, March 10. Starting at 11 a.m., Valencia Street from Duboce to 26th will be closed to vehicles and only open to pedestrian traffic. More information available on their website.Women’s Building Film SeriesThe Women’s Building at 3543 18th St. will be holding free film screenings throughout the month and into the spring as part of Women’s History Month. The film screenings aim to bring into public issues with sexual harassment and sexism. The next showing will be a documentary called Audrie & Daisy, which focuses on two teenage sexual assault survivors. The event is on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m.Secret Alley IndieGogoThe Galallery, an independent and artistic creative space at 180 Capp St., is hoping to raise $15,000 by the end of the month to expand its spaces. They plan on adding extra studio space to their Secret Alley workspace area and adding an additional studio to rent out. You can read more at their IndieGogo page. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

Leland native named new headmaster of Charter Day School

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Charter Day School in Leland has a new leader and it didn’t have to look far to find her.Laurie Benton, who lives in Leland, has been named the school’s headmaster.- Advertisement – Benton graduated from UNCW and taught fourth grade in Durham for three years before returning to the Cape Fear.She has been at Columbus Charter School in Whiteville since serving as a teacher lead teacher and assistant headmaster.last_img

WPD 200 bindles of heroin seized New Jersey man arrested

first_img During a search, officers found 220 bindles of heroin on him. Thurston was placed under arrest and transported to the hospital.He is charged with trafficking heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or distribute heroin and manufacture, sell, distribute, and possess a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.Thurston did not receive a bond due to the trafficking charge. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police arrested Nehmiah Thurston Tuesday for trafficking heroin in the Port City.Officers responded to the 1100 block of N. 6th St. around 9:40 p.m. in reference to a suspicious person. Thurston, 38, of New Jersey, was highly intoxicated.- Advertisement – last_img read more

BDubs donates sales to Brigade Boys and Girls Club today

first_img Wilmington Buffalo Wild Wings locations will donate 10 percent of their total sales today plus any additional donations to the Brigade Boys and Girls Club.It is part of the restaurant’s team up for kids initiative.The program helps teach kids and teens leadership skills, team work, and sportsmanship by introducing them to sports.Related Article: Dad’s lesson on bullying goes viralYou can help out by dining at the buffalo wind wings locations in Porter’s neck, Monkey Junction or Old Eastwood Road. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Looking for a lunch or dinner idea?The Brigade Boys and Girls Club and Buffalo Wild Wings are teaming up Wednesday to benefit kids in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

No injuries reported at grassfire in Mtarfa

first_imgNobody has been injured in a grassfire which occurred close to an animal farm in Santa Lucia Road in Mtarfa at around 7PM this evening.A police spokesperson said that the people where trying to free the horses from the stables and had inhaled smoke resulting from the fire, however no one was taken to Mater Dei hospital for treatment.Members from CPD managed to control the fire.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Watch Valletta local council appeals for help to identify vandal

first_imgA youth was caught red handed tagging in Valletta on CCTV footage which was published by the Valletta local council. The Council has appealed for help in order to identify the ‘vandal’.In a Facebook post, the Council said that the youth has vandalized various walls including the facades of houses as well as doors.The Valletta Local Council has condemned the acts of vandalism that took place overnight in a statement.The Council has urged those who have any information about who is behind the tagging, to go to the police in order to assist them in their investigation.The police has published screenshots from the footage and has also urged anyone with any information regarding this person or his whereabouts to contact the Police on 21224001 or 119.CMRUWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Parliament approves rental market reform proposals on 2nd reading

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Maltese Parliament has unanimously approved the proposed reforms on the rental market, on the Bill’s second reading.It is expected that the reforms will be scrutinized at the Committee stage, over the Summer period.The Parliamentary Secretary for Housing Roderick Galdes said that the approval demonstrates the broad consensus over the reform that will make the market fairer, secure, efficient and stable.White PaperThis is the latest stage in a process following the publication of a white paper back in late 2018 which explored longer term leasing and stricter regulation on residential lettings.The white paper was aimed at making the rental market more attractive and to give tenants more access to residential tariffs for their energy and water supply bills.White Paper proposing radical reforms to attract long-term rentalsRent reformsMore recently the government announced that rent reforms will come into effect from next January.The Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that this reform would introduce a minimum period for the lease of at least a year. If the owner wants to change the terms after one year, they must give prior notice. Similarly, the tenant will also have a minimum period to notify the owner if they wish to leave or renew the lease.Rent Reforms to be implemented next JanuaryOn the type of regulation, the Prime Minister stressed that the Government wanted to encourage owners not penalize them. Those looking to rent out their apartment for more than two or three years, they will get incentives so that they will be able to rent their apartments long term.WhatsApplast_img read more