Cornwall daily briefing for September 28: universal credit, labor shortage, demands to stop development, man faces Delorean lawsuit, death after welfare issues
1. Universal Credit will cost Cornish applicants £ 1million per week
The £ 20 universal credit cut will cause applicants in Cornwall to lose a total of almost £ 1million per week.
The end of the benefit increase put in place to help people get through the pandemic will lose nearly 47,000 people across the county.
The reduction is expected to add to financial pressures on low-income families, who are facing increased fuel prices due to rising wholesale gas prices.
More than a third of the nearly six million people benefiting from universal credit nationwide are employed. The system was put in place by the government to replace a series of other benefits, combining income assistance with housing and childcare costs in one payment.
The £ 20 per week increase was introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 for a year and was extended into March but is expected to end in October.
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2. Threat of labor shortage for the £ 100million Cornish daffodil industry
Fields could be filled with daffodils this spring – amid a warning of a labor shortage from the daffodil industry.
The industry is worth £ 100million, but this year 274million stems have been left in the ground – around one-fifth of the total harvest, representing the possible loss of £ 1million in VAT revenue, according to West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas.
Migrant worker groups from Eastern Europe have traditionally formed the nucleus of the thousands of gatherers needed. They start picking daffodils in Cornwall in early January, then follow the harvest across the country to Lincolnshire and then into Scotland, ending in May.
But a combination of Brexit and the pandemic has reduced the number of workers willing or able to travel to the UK.
While good gatherers can make decent money, there aren’t enough local people ready to tackle the hard work of the outdoors which has a relatively short season, especially if they can find permanent employment. easier, even if he can pay less.
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3. The deputy and the inhabitants demand action on development “without a building permit”
Pressure is mounting for measures to be taken for commercial development after allegations that mature trees have been pushed by excavators in violation of planning conditions.
Concerned residents of the Lower Gurnick Estate in Newlyn and the village of Tredavoe opposed plans by Waterdance Fishing, part of the Exeter-based Greendale Group, and accused the company of flouting town planning laws and making what he wants in a designated area of great landscape value.
Waterdance was granted a retrospective building permit – granted when an application is submitted after work is completed – to build an access road and a shed on land near Newlyn last December so that it can erect a ‘shed To store its trawler nets.
However, locals are angry that what was supposed to be a so-called ‘net shed’ has turned into a mini industrial area with spiked fences, truck movements on a very narrow lane and the alleged destruction of a blank site.
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4. Cornishman Ty DeLorean builds Back to the Future car out of Reliant Robins
A Cornishman who is said to be the son of American automotive legend John DeLorean is building a production line of three-wheeled versions of the legendary time-traveling sports car featured in Back to the Future.
Ty DeLorean’s DMC 21, featuring remote-controlled doors that open from the roof, even includes a ‘flow condenser’, the time travel device fitted to the iconic stainless steel DeLorean sports car by the inventor Doc Brown in the blockbuster movie franchise starring Michael J Fox.
He even thinks it might have saved the DeLorean company from collapse before it went bankrupt in 1982.
However, Newquay’s man’s invention landed him not in 1955 but in hot water with DeLorean Motor Company attorneys threatening him with legal action for what he considers a trademark infringement.
Ty says he’s fully prepared to wage a legal battle over trademark infringement – and believes he can win any lawsuit the Texas-based company brings.
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5. Two sudden deaths in Cornwall confirmed by police
Two people have died in Cornwall within a week, following concerns expressed to police for their well-being.
An 80-year-old man was found dead at an address near Helston on the morning of Tuesday, September 21.
Concerns over the man’s well-being were reported to Devon and Cornwall Police at around 7.45am, at an address in Pemboa, on the outskirts of the town.
A police spokesperson confirmed that the man was pronounced dead at the scene and that his relatives had been informed.
Then, in a separate case, on Saturday September 25, a woman was found dead in a house in the northern Cornwall area.
Police were called around 8:50 a.m., also following reports of concerns for the well-being of one person.
The woman, who was on the Pendoggett estate, near Port Isaac and St Endellion, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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