Author: Kelly Barnett

The Government are banning Letting Agent fees

Under plans announced in the Autumn Statement, lettings agents in England will be banned from charging fees to tenants “as soon as possible”. Tenants can currently be charged a range of administration fees for the simple and necessary task of signing a tenancy agreement. These fees may run into three digits, are non-refundable and often leave tenants confused. Many student lettings agents charge “application fees”: charging students for processing an application, before a deposit has been paid or any contract signed. In Liverpool, Topproperty charge £80 per person in application fees, as do Address Properties. Meanwhile, Accommod8 charge £200 for the...

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Banning is reductive, but the Pro-Life movement is cultural sickness

Last week, the Liverpool Guild was caught up in a furore of controversy after it approved a Pro-Life society. Within days, a petition had been set up to ban the society; this petition was then removed from the Guild’s website because its aims were inconsistent with free speech legislation. By Friday, an opposing Pro-Choice society had been launched. Its founders were “incredibly concerned for student welfare” and wanted their “own platform [to] respectfully challenge their views”. This is a step in the right direction: banning was never the answer. It seems clear that the Pro-Life society, which came under the category of...

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Christmas Light switch-on sets University Square alight

On Thursday, 17th November, the Liverpool Guild of Students and the university joined to announce the beginning of the festive season in traditional style. The lights were switched on by Professor Janet Beer, Vice-President of the University of Liverpool, and Sean Turner, President of the Liverpool Guild of Students. The switch-on event featured a live choir singing Christmas carols, a hot drink stall and a Beer Festival inside the Guild Courtyard. Professor Janet Beer joked that she’d like to thank Sean Turner for naming the Festival after her. The switch-on involved decorating two existing trees in University Square with...

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Petition to ban Liverpool Pro-Life Society has been removed by the Guild

This week, the Liverpool Guild of Students was caught up in a furore of controversy following its decision to approve a Pro-Life Society. On Monday 14th November, a petition was set up to ban the society. On Tuesday, the Guild released a statement defending the society’s right to exist. Today, the petition was removed from the Guild’s website because its aims were inconsistent with the University’s Policy and Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech. In a statement given to The Sphinx today, the Liverpool Guild of Students said: “Following the registration of a pro-life society at the Guild,...

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