Police are selling old items of uniforms on eBay to plug a funding gap, as campaigners accused the force of helping criminals to impersonate officers.Sussex Police, which has a £26.5million funding shortage, is listing items including used police high-visibility jackets on the auction website, it has emerged.A group representing victims of crime has raised fears the equipment could be used by fraudsters targeting the elderly.It has emerged just weeks after an elderly couple in Brighton, East Sussex, which is covered by the force, were scammed out of £9,000 by two bogus police officers.Stephen McCarthy, the director for England of the Action on Elder Abuse charity, said: “It’s not going to be bringing in an awful lot of money and it seems a bit strange – why take that risk for such small amounts of money?”Sussex Police said the items have “police branding and insignia removed”, with profits going back to the force. Other listings on the police eBay page include items found or confiscated by the force during police raidsA Sussex Police spokesman defended the force’s decision to sell the surplus equipment. Items for sale on the Sussex Police Auctions eBay pageCredit:eBay When it comes to things seen to be identified with police officers, it seems to be sending the wrong messageStephen McCarthy, director for England of Action on Elder Abuse He said: “As these items are assets all the money goes back to Sussex Police towards the running of the eBay shop and back into areas such as the uniform stores.”By selling these items we have been able generate significant income for the force which would not previously have been available as well as being able to save a significant amount on our waste costs.”The spokesman added: “Items sold are no longer suitable to be re-used by Sussex Police and all items have any police branding and insignia removed.”Without this branding they are just generic items which can easily be purchased – standard hi-vis jackets and combat trousers etc.”We remove the blue and white hatching from uniform even though these items can be purchased elsewhere on eBay.”He said “contentious items” such as armour and handcuffs are never sold online and the eBay site is approved by senior officers and the force’s own professional standards department.What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Police branding has been removed from the clothes, but Mr McCarthy feared it makes fraud “that little bit more easy” for crooks.He said: “We regularly see stories about people impersonating police officers as a way to commit scams against older people.”There’s an argument I think the police would make that these items can possibly be found elsewhere if you want to buy them, and we would not want to disagree.”When it comes to things seen to be identified with police officers, it seems to be sending the wrong message. I think they should probably be restricted from selling these sorts of items.”If Sussex Police stop selling these garments today it’s not going to stop people committing these crimes, but why make it that little bit more easy?”It’s fine to say the insignia is removed, but often when we see these cases the uniforms that have been worn aren’t exactly precise replicas.”In December two criminals dressed as police officer convinced two pensioners, a 72-year-old woman and a 74-year-old man, to hand over £6,000 and £3,000 respectively. One item is listed online as a “Gore Windstopper Tornado Fleece Jacket Large Short Black Security Yaffy”. The new and unworn black jacket is described as Sussex Police equipment, which is “surplus to requirement”.There is also equipment such as UV flashlights and hi-visibility jackets listed for as little £9.99. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Despite the continuous boom in the American economy, families across metro cities in the US are struggling to afford their homes. Rental rates have far outpaced the household incomes of many, especially among the lower- and- middle- income renter households. Such lopsided economic growth and income distribution has resulted in high rates of the cost burden, forcing many to cut back on expenses in other vital areas, with a spending of more than 30 percent of their incomes on rent. According to the 2018 Cost burden Report by Apartment List, the share of cost-burdened renters fell slightly from 49.7 percent in 2016 to 49.5 percent in 2017, wherein the cost burden rate is the lowest since 2007. However, it is important to note that this decline is due to the upsurge of high-income households in the rental market. Affordability still remains far out of reach for many who do not belong to the dominant lobby of high- income earners. The report reveals that while some trends are reflective of genuine improvements such as the narrowing gap between incomes and rent rates, others are merely compositional changes that do not paint the most accurate picture. For instance, the report found that while the number of renter households earning less than $35,000 witnessed a decrease from 20.5 million in 2007 to 19.7 million in 2017, there has also been a steady increase in the share of cost-burdened households from 76.6 percent in 2007 to 83.2 percent in 2017. The issue is further exacerbated in the wake of limited impact of political initiatives to provide rent relief to working families struggling to pay their bills. Out of the housing-related bills introduced in the current 115th Congress, just 22 percent is centered on renters, none of which have been passed into law. The report also highlights the bleak image of renters in 20 of the 25 metros, who are cost-burdened by median rent. Miami has the highest cost-burden rate with 62.7 percent, the highest of the nation’s 100 largest metros. Other cities where median rents are far higher than incomes include Philadelphia, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando, and New York, to name a few. Florida is the state with the highest cost burden rate at 56.4 percent. Elucidating on this further, Chris Salviati, Apartment List’s housing economist stated, “There are only five metros — Dallas, Minneapolis, Charlotte, St. Louis and Houston — where the average renter can comfortably afford the median rent.” The report confirms that rental housing affordability affects not just low-income households, but also millions in the middle-class.Formulating policies around inclusion, creating more awareness around the issue, and addressing the underlying causes of drastic shifts in affordability over the years is necessary in order to bring about substantial changes. While there is progressive development in some areas since 2014, the ground reality is that millions are still constrained in their housing choices on account of declining affordability, and often face evictions. Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordability Apartment List Households HOUSING Rent Rental October 29, 2018 1,773 Views About Author: Donna Joseph Affordability Apartment List Households HOUSING Rent Rental 2018-10-29 Radhika Ojha Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / To Rent or Not to Rent, That Is the Question To Rent or Not to Rent, That Is the Question Related Articles Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: A Bridge Too Far to Cross Next: Good News, Bad News – Replacing LIBOR in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily
(Washington, DC) — Dead people are among those Republican Senator and former Florida Governor Rick Scott says are wrongly benefiting from the Paycheck Protection Program. In an op-ed at FoxNews.com this morning, Scott pointed out what he sees as several flaws with the program. Sen. Scott wrote:“Common sense isn’t complicated.Don’t send money to dead people. That’s not complicated.Don’t bail out huge corporations or send taxpayer money to businesses that haven’t been hurt by this crisis. That’s not complicated.Don’t incentivize workers to stay on government-run, taxpayer-funded programs when this crisis has ended and we need them to go back to work. That’s not complicated.”He claims the Treasury Department has sent stimulus checks to the deceased, and there’s no plan to get that money back. He also says under the PPP, some people could earn more money by not working than they could by working. Scott says these problems, and others, show why government needs more common sense and needs to be run like a business. He adds that any elected official who believes government is too complicated to run like a business should resign tomorrow.