Have a great weekend.
Leanne and Brian
How much should I pay a lawyer?
We are currently verifying the information Gail and Rose collated and should have the list available by next week. In the meantime, if people need a lawyer urgently for conveyance and advice they can email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about who is offering this service./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Cash Assets and Chargeable Income
the following advice has been received from MSD
Payments by the Crown as a payment or part payment for the purchase price for any property or land in the red zone under a Government offer will not be considered a cash asset or income for benefit purposes. This includes any income earned from the payment. These exemptions are in place for 12 months after the payment is received
Payments made by the Canterbury Earthquake Commission (Red Cross) are not treated as income or as a cash asset for benefit purposes for 12 months after the payments are made. This includes any income earned from any investment of the payment.
Payments from the Earthquake Commission and Insurance Companies for the rebuild, or repair, or for the costs of temporary accommodation will not be considered a cash assets or income for benefit purposes until 31 March 2012 (but amending the date is being looked at). This includes any income earned from any investment of the payment.
A note for Orange Zoners
apparently the fact that the Spencerville, Brooklands, Southshore zoning announcements have been delayed will not impact on the timeframes for the other zone announcements. We have asked that CERA is more specific about identifying approximately when ALL Orange Zones can expect to be rezoned. Temporary Accommodation Assistance issues have been sorted after much badgering by CanCERN and thanks to the efforts of the Community Wellbeing team in CERA. This assistance is now available to all Red Zone residents who have exhausted their insurance accommodation money until they have received FULL settlement. This is a major success which will ensure that residents do not have to spend their deposit money on paying rent. For more information about Temporary Accommodation Assistance see/************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
CERA are looking at engagement processes going forward. We spent this time discussing the co-operative relationships needed, the scope of CERA with regard to their role in making sure communities and their leadership are sustainable, what strengths and roadblocks need to be acknowledged and how CanCERN is most effective in these discussions. CERA is planning another round of community workshops to help people understand the nuts and bolts of the Government’s offer. Red Zone residents are not a homogenous group so CanCERN will be working with the Community Wellbeing team to help them identify what information and delivery will be most helpful to residents. If you have ideas to share, please email ./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>