El Consejo Ejecutivo respalda al Ministerio Episcopal de Migración en…

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El Fondo del Obispo Primado para Ayuda Mundial, predecesor de la Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo, surgió de este movimiento. Un cartel, que data de 1938, usa una imagen icónica que alude al pasaje de Mateo 2:13-16 que describe la huida de la Sagrada Familia a Egipto para escapar del rey Herodes. Foto del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración.[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] El Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal reiteró el 8 de febrero la solidaridad de la iglesia con los refugiados en respuesta al decreto del presidente Trump por el que suspendía la entrada de estos en Estados Unidos.El 6 de febrero, jun juez federal bloqueó temporalmente la decisión de Trump, dejando el programa de admisión de refugiados del Departamento de Estado en el limbo.El enfoque del Consejo fue dual: económico y legal. Concedió $500.000 al Ministerio Episcopal de Migración (EMM por su sigla en inglés) para salvarlo económicamente durante la suspensión del reasentamiento de refugiados impuesta por Trump y mientras esa labor presuntamente se reanude, si bien en una escala más pequeña. También pidió que el Obispo Primado investigue si resulta “adecuado y aconsejable” defender en los tribunales el ministerio de reasentamiento de refugiados del EMM y la posición de la Iglesia respecto a que se indague la filiación religiosa [de los que ingresan al país].El obispo primado Michael Curry, que dijo previamente ese día que los episcopales deben afincar su labor de promoción pública en los valores de Jesús, dijo en una conferencia de prensa, después de terminada la reunión, que las acciones del EMM del Consejo eran un perfecto ejemplo de ese arraigo. Los cristianos creen en la admonición que se encuentra en la carta a los Hebreos de que al practicar la hospitalidad… algunos sin saberlo hospedaron ángeles.“Tenemos que estar allí y permanecer en esa labor”, afirmó él. “La parte decisiva no consiste en hacer la plática, sino en llevarla a la práctica”.Curry dijo que el Consejo “tenía el valor” de respaldar su ministerio para los refugiados, de casi 80 años de existencia, de una manera nueva e incluso más difícil que costará mucho más dinero de lo que esperábamos. Cuando la Iglesia Episcopal aboga a favor de los refugiados con los legisladores, recalcó él, “podemos decir que no estamos pidiendo algo que nosotros mismos no estemos haciendo”.El decreto presidencial, que aún se sigue litigando en los tribunales, suspende todo reasentamiento de refugiados durante al menos 120 días. Cuando el programa comience de nuevo impone restricciones adicionales a refugiados potenciales de siete países de mayoría musulmana. Además, después de la reanudación, Trump dijo que sólo 50.000 refugiados pueden entrar en Estados Unidos, en lugar de los 110.000 que se esperaba [que ingresaran] en este año fiscal.El EMM necesita el apoyo económico de la Iglesia denominacional porque la mayoría de sus ingresos proviene de contratos con el gobierno federal para cubrir costos de reasentamiento de refugiados a los que han admitido en Estados Unidos. El contrato federal vincula directamente ese dinero a la llegada de refugiados. Por consiguiente, si los refugiados no pueden entrar en EE.UU., el EMM no recibirá dinero.En el año fiscal 2016, del 1 de octubre de 2015 al 30 de septiembre de 2016, el EMM reasentó 5.762 refugiados en Estados Unidos provenientes de 35 países, entre ellos la República Democrática del Congo, Birmania, Afganistán y Siria. Ya en este año fiscal, el EMM ha recibido a 2.400 refugiados y esperaba reasentar a 6.175 personas hasta que Trump firmó su decreto el 27 de enero. El día 26, según dijo el Rdo. E. Mark Stevenson, director del EMM, este ministerio había recibido a 42 refugiados y ha reasentado a cerca de 70 mientras el decreto se debate en los tribunales.En lo estructural y en lo fiscal, el EMM es un ministerio singular de la Iglesia Episcopal. Si bien no está constituido como una entidad separada, tal como la Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo, recibe muy poco dinero del presupuesto denominacional.El EMM esperaba $14,2 millones del Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. y $6,2 millones del Departamento [federal] de Salud y Servicios Humanitarios. El dinero del Departamento de Estado cubre la fase de llegada y ubicación de cada refugiado durante los primeros 90 días en este país. El dinero del Departamento de SSH sufraga una asignación complementaria que proporciona servicios a algunos refugiados, pero no a todos, durante 180 días. Esos servicios incluyen clases de inglés como segundo idioma, capacitación laboral y orientación cultural.Alguna financiación para la oficina nacional del EMM está garantizada hasta el 31 de marzo, dijo Stevenson, pero la financiación para los [candidatos a refugiados] se interrumpe en lo que dura la suspensión.Stevenson dijo que el 99,5 por ciento del dinero de los contratos se destina directamente al reasentamiento de refugiados, El EMM retiene unos $2 millones para gastos administrativos, incluidos los salarios del personal.  Cualquier dinero que no se utilice se le devuelve al gobierno.“Esta no es una empresa para hacer dinero”, dijo  Stevenson a Episcopal News Service.La preocupación se extiende más allá de la labor del EMM con sede en el Centro Denominacional de la Iglesia. El organismo colabora con su red de 31 [agencias] afiliadas locales en 23 estados, junto con 27 diócesis, además de comunidades religiosas y voluntarios, para reasentar refugiados. Esas organizaciones reciben dinero a través del EMM del contrato federal y no tendrán ningún ingreso cuando no entren refugiados en el país. Las [organizaciones] afiliadas tendrán que depender de reservas de dinero, recaudaciones de fondos y cualquier otro apoyo que el EMM pueda darles para pagar a sus empleados, pagar sus alquileres y cubrir otros gastos de funcionamientos.Stevenson le dijo al Consejo que el EMM debe ser capaz de sostener su ministerio durante la suspensión y relanzar una fase del programa de reasentamiento del gobierno. Para hacer eso, la Iglesia debe apoyar económicamente a la oficina nacional del EMM y encontrar medios de ayudar a sostener a sus afiliadas durante la suspensión, de manera que estén listas para reanudar el reasentamiento de refugiaos en lo que él predijo que sería un recomienzo lento.Las necesidades de los refugiados recién llegados incluyen vivienda, atención sanitaria y preparación sobre la vida en Estados Unidos. Si las afiliadas locales no están preparadas para hacer frente a estas necesidades, los refugiados entrarán en el país, pero serán reasentados en pobreza y vulnerabilidad, pese a ser distintas  de las que se han escapado, afirmó.“Lo que emprendemos es una labor evangélica”, dijo Stevenson, citando la insistencia tanto del Antiguo como del Nuevo Testamento de “tratar al extranjero como a nuestro prójimo”.Además de la financiación puente de $500.000 este año, el Consejo dejó abierta la puerta para darle dinero adicional al EMM en 2018, si lo necesitara. El ministerio debe presentar un “plan definido de sostenibilidad” para usar el dinero.En el contexto legal, el Consejo pidió que Curry investigara si es “aconsejable y apropiado presentar un litigio —o intervenir en él—con vistas a defender el ministerio de reasentamiento de refugiados del EMM” según la resolución al respecto que se aprobó.Además, al Obispo Primado se le pidió que hiciera la misma exploración “para recurrir la imposición de cualquier indagación de carácter religioso a refugiados, solicitantes de asilo o cualquier otra persona que buscara residencia, asilo o ingreso legal en Estados Unidos” La resolución dice que “tales indagaciones son contrarias a nuestra fe y contrarias a una interpretación en buena fe de la Constitución y estatuto del gobierno federal de EE.UU.”El consejo encomendó al Obispo Primado que consultara con la presidente de la Cámara de Diputados, el encargado de asuntos jurídicos de la Iglesia, el Comité Ejecutivo del Consejo Ejecutivo, al director del EMM y a la Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales cuando contemple tomar cualquiera de esas decisiones. También pidió que  el encargado de asuntos jurídicos informe confidencialmente en la próxima reunión regular, del progreso de esa investigación y de cualquier litigio que pudiera resultar. Los miembros dejaron la puerta abierta para reunirse por vía electrónica si fuere necesario.(El Comité de Gobierno y Administración para el Ministerio [del Consejo] terminó de redactar la descripción de funciones del cargo de Encargado de Asuntos Jurídicos durante la reunión y el proceso de solicitud se encuentra ahora abierto. La última reunión de la Convención General creó el cargo, haciéndolo un puesto de obligación canónica).El Rdo. E. Mark Stevenson, director del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración, sostiene un cartel con una lista de mandatos bíblicos a acoger al extranjero. Foto del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración, vía Facebook.En una de las muchas sesiones de comités y del pleno a puertas cerradas que tuvieron lugar durante la reunión, los miembros del Consejo se reunieron en privado para interrogar a los miembros del comité de Gobierno y Administración para el Ministerio que propuso la resolución. Después de esa discusión y del subsiguiente debate y enmiendas, el Consejo aprobó la resolución con 14 votos a favor y 9 en contra.El consejo también dijo que quería expresar “su firme apoyo” a la Diócesis de Olympia y al obispo Greg Rickel por su ministerio con los refugiados. La diócesis, que tiene una agencia de reasentamiento, recientemente se sumó a la Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles en su oposición al decreto de Trump. El ‘escrutinio riguroso’ ya existeEl EMM es una de las nueva agencias de reasentamiento de EE.UU. que lleva a cabo su labor con un contrato del gobierno. Conforme a la ley federal, los refugiados sólo pueden entrar en EE.UU. bajo los auspicios de una de esas agencias.El término “refugiado” tienen un significado legal específico. El Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados designa a una persona como “refugiada” si huye de la persecución, la guerra o la violencia. Esas personas solicitan esa designación y se consideran distintas de los inmigrantes. Adquieren su carácter de refugiados después que la UNHCR aprueba su solicitud.La agencia de la ONU remite luego al refugiado a un país específico. Si ese país es Estados Unidos, comienza un subsecuente proceso de escrutinio. Ese segundo proceso es “muy riguroso, uno incluso podría decir que extremo”, dijo Stevenson a ENS. A los refugiados sirios se les aplicó un escrutinio adicional, dijo él.El Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. trabaja entonces con las nueve agencias y decide cuál de ellas reasentará a esa persona. Lleva unos cuantos meses completar el papeleo de manera que la persona pueda entrar en el país.Todo el proceso de escrutinio, dijo Stevenson, lleva de entre 18 y 24 meses.La reunión del 5 al 8 de febrero tuvo lugar en el Centro de Conferencias del Instituto Marítimo.Información adicional de ENS sobre la reunión se encuentra aquí. Algunos miembros del Consejo enviaron mensajes por Twitter valiéndose del hashtag #ExCoun.El Consejo Ejecutivo lleva a cabo los programas y políticas adoptadas por la Convención General, según el Canon I.4 (1). El Consejo está compuesto de 38 miembros, 20 de los cuales (cuatro obispos, cuatro presbíteros o diáconos y 12 laicos) son elegidos por la Convención General, y 18 por los nueve sínodos provinciales (un clérigo y un laico cada uno) por períodos de seis años, además del Obispo Primado y el Presidente de la Cámara de Diputados [que son miembros ex oficio]. Además, el vicepresidente de la Cámara de Diputados, el Secretario, el Director de Operaciones, el Tesorero y Director de Finanzas tienen asiento y voz, pero no voto.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 El Consejo Ejecutivo respalda al Ministerio Episcopal de Migración en medio del decreto de Trump El empeño por frenar el reasentamiento de refugiados traba el presupuesto del ministerio que los atiende Press Release Service Rector Pittsburgh, PA Executive Council February 2017, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

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Media freedom on hold in South Sudan because of civil war

first_imgNews News Help by sharing this information RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years on to go further August 25, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News December 23, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on South Sudan Organisation South SudanAfrica News RSF_en The anniversary, on 9 July, was a sad one. Despite all the obstacles, South Sudan had initially seemed to embody a new hope of stability and democracy in the region. But it soon relapsed into the divisive conflicts that had undermined this land and its peoples before independence. The toll so far from the civil war that began on 15 December is thousands of dead and more than a million displaced, according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.After visiting South Sudan in July 2013, Reporters Without Borders wrote a report about the challenges it faced, including censorship and the need to train journalists. Rising to the challenges had seemed possible then in this young state, where the security forces and journalists met regularly and engaged in a healthy dialogue, and a progressive media law was in the process of being approved.But this fragile progress has been shattered by the extreme violence that has gripped South Sudan for the past six months.Newspapers – first victims of the crisisThe net was closing on the media in the capital, Juba, even before fighting broke out on 15 December.The latest issue of the Arabic-language daily Almasier was confiscated on 7 December after it reported statements critical of President Salva Kiir at a news conference by members of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) opposed to Kiir. At the same time, Almasier’s editor and CEO were summoned for questioning by the National Security Services (NSS). Nhial Bol, the editor of the independent English-language daily The Citizen, was arrested on 10 December and copies of its latest issue were seized during a raid by the security forces the next day. Both The Citizen and Almasier had been the targets of similar acts of intimidation in the past, while Almasier’s English language version had been banned since 2011.Worse outside JubaThe violence against the media is very real in the areas that came under the control of the “opposition SPLA,” the rebels led by former Vice-President Riek Machar. For the most part, journalists can no longer work there, having fled into exile or ended up in camps for displaced persons. The equipment of many radio stations has been systematically destroyed.In some cases where radio stations have been spared, they have been requisitioned to broadcast rebel messages. In Bentiu, in Unity State, rebel broadcasters have even resorted to hate speech. Calls were made on Radio Bentiu FM for the removal of certain ethnic groups and the rape of their women. Hundreds died in the ensuing massacre in April 2014, according to the UN.Even when journalists are still working, little is reported. Some journalists with access to rebel-controlled areas have preferred not to use the interviews they have conducted for fear of endangering the interviewees or themselves.As the political conflict has followed ethnic lines, journalists who are members of Machar’s Nuer tribe are automatically regarded as opposition supporters, while those who belong to President Kiir’s ethnic group, the Dinka, cannot work in rebel-held territory.“Patriotic” journalismThe range of subjects that are off-limits has expanded steadily throughout the country. South Sudanese officials like “patriotic” journalism and are sensitive about their reputation.Information minister Michael Makuei told journalists in Juba in March that they risked being arrested or expelled for “hostile propaganda” if they interviewed members of the opposition. The media should take “a neutral position that does not agitate against the government,” he said.A few days later, President Kiir banned journalists from covering his private life, claiming that this was a “clear violation of our constitution.” Newspaper publishers recently wrote to the government requesting an explanation for the verbal threats received from security officials, who had ordered them not to publish any articles about governance issues or federalism. Denying the existence of any such orders in a letter on 2 July, the information minister said: “The government has not and will never issue any directive, verbal or written (…) censoring debate or publication of articles on federalism or any other issues of public interest.”Speaking on 2 July, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said: “The debate about federalism or any system of governance is enshrined under the freedom of expression under article 24 of the constitution, so we cannot curtail anybody’s freedom of speech, about any system of governance they might want to discuss.”Censorship and self-censorshipNonetheless, 15,000 copies of Juba Monitor’s latest issue were seized the same day after it published an article about federalism. Previous issues were confiscated on 18 March and 10 April for referring to a rebel advance and for interviewing a former minister who joined the opposition.When 3,000 copies of The Citizen were seized in a raid on 7 July, an official told the Sudan Tribune that the motive was “security concerns” rather than any attempt to gag journalists.The Citizen publisher Nhial Bol Aken said the seizures are causing major losses that are jeopardizing the newspaper’s economic future. Is South Sudan trying to use economic methods to throttle or pressure its media, like its northern neighbour? Earlier this year, it was firmly suggested to Citizen TV, which is owned by the same group, that it should give reports about the president more prominence and put them at the start of its news programmes.Eye Radio’s editor, Beatrice Murail, had to resign and was asked to leave the country after she had approved the broadcast of a press conference recording, given by a former pro-Machar minister. On the very same day, three journalists of the radio were summoned and questionned during long hours by NSS. The radio is still broadcasting.”According to Oliver Modi, the head of the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), there have been at least five cases of journalists being summoned for interrogation or arrested in Juba and more than 10 other cases in other parts of the country since the start of the conflict in December. It is way of keeping media personnel under pressure. Self-censorship, which journalists and media observers say was already a problem in South Sudan before the crisis, has now reached alarming proportions.“The media can no longer play their early-warning, watchdog role,” one media observer said. “A certain level of self-censorship has always been present but if you want to continue living and working as a journalist in Juba nowadays, you have to avoid controversial questions, which means anything to do with security.”Even the staff of UN-run Radio Miraya, which used to be more outspoken, have been threatened and temporarily evacuated. Some accuse the station of now broadcasting nothing but reports unlikely to cause any offence.Legislative reforms on holdFinally, the media law that should have been voted in December 2013 has been postponed indefinitely to the dismay of journalists, who would like to be free as soon as possible of information ministry control, to which they are subject in the absence of any media legislation. This often results in abuses, such as journalists having to register with the minister in order to work. While not perfect, the proposed media law adheres to international standards, guaranteeing respect for the public interest, the creation of a regulatory body under parliamentary supervision and civil society involvement in the appointment of the head of the public broadcaster, journalists say.When a delegation of journalists went to parliament on 20 June to enquire about the proposed media law’s status, they were told: “The media law is not the priority, security and peace are the priority.”Reporters Without Borders urges the government not to make the mistake of sacrificing respect for civil liberties to security. Created in reaction to the violence and arbitrary rule that its population suffered at the hands of its northern neighbour, South Sudan must keep trying to guarantee a free and independent press. This requires adoption of the media law and an end to newspaper seizures and harassment of journalists.Only in this way will it be possible to avoid mortgaging the future of this young country, which has fallen steadily in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index since its creation and is now ranked 119th out of 180 countries.(photo slideshow : President Salva Kiir, Goran Tomasevic, Reuters)(photo logo : Michael Makuei, Information minister) South SudanAfrica Online memorial and writing prize launched to mark 30th birthday of slain journalist Christopher Allen July 11, 2014 – Updated on May 31, 2016 Media freedom on hold in South Sudan because of civil war On the third anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, Reporters Without Borders has assessed the current state of freedom of information and its dashed aspirations in the world’s youngest state, which has been riven by civil war since mid-December 2013. 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French encampment the real veal in West Limerick

first_imgLinkedin Print NewsCommunityPoliticsFrench encampment the real veal in West LimerickBy Alan Jacques – July 13, 2019 290 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Twitter Advertisement Kevin Sheahan, Fianna Fáil. Photo: Cian ReinhardtFORMER Mayor Kevin Sheahan believes there is no reason a troupe of French Travellers who set up camp illegally in a field in West Limerick last month shouldn’t be welcomed on their return to the area.The Fianna Fáil councillor explained at this Tuesday’s meeting of the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District that he visited the site in Croagh with an engineer from the local office. According to Cllr Sheahan, the encampment was not a “threat to the community or environment”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He told council members that the Evangelical group travel across Europe to pray with Traveller communities, and warn against excessive consumption of alcohol and using physical violence as a means to settle disputes.“I spoke to their leader through an English interpreter on the Monday morning who told me they were leaving the site on the Thursday to be in Monasterevin by lunchtime. I didn’t see the need to get a court injunction to have them moved on as they would already have left the site by the time we got it,” he explained.“I saw them cooking what I thought to be large pork chops, but it was veal, the real veal, the light-coloured kind that looks like pork. They were very pleasant people and were not a threat to the community or environment.”The former mayor went onto reveal that the French troupe plan on coming back to the area in December or March next.“As EU citizens, they are perfectly entitled to come here and as long as they obey planning laws there is no reason we shouldn’t welcome them. I didn’t see as much as a teaspoon on the ground. These people are Evangelical Christians,” he added.Independent councillor and barrister Emmett O’Brien told Cllr Sheahan that his “instinct” was 100 per cent right in not seeking a court injunction.“It would have been completely daft after they had already upped and left the place,” he said.Independent councillor Richard O’Donoghue was also glad to see “common sense prevailed”.Cllr Sheahan’s Fianna Fáil colleague Bridie Collins also visited the site and told council members that there wasn’t “as much as a sweet wrapper” left behind.Cllr Sheahan described the main tent in the camp to his council colleagues to that of a circus tent.“There was enough clowns there alright,” Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary claimed.He also took issue with Cllr Sheahan’s knowledge of the geography of the area, insisting the encampment was in Rathkeale Commons and not Croagh.Keary’s party colleague Adam Teskey then took the opportunity to praise Cllr Sheahan for his stand on national radio last month over a Satanic heavy metal band performing in King John’s Castle.“People who tear up Bibles in the name of the fun are just sick. The Bible is very dear to my heart and I must compliment you for your stand on the Matt Cooper show over this concert,” the Deputy Mayor commented.In response, Cllr Sheahan said he was “very annoyed” that Satanists were allowed perform in a public space in Limerick. Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Email TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick lose ground in play-off race following Bray defeatNext articleWatch: Limerick Pride marks 50 years of Stonewall Riots with ‘World Pride’ theme Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

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Four Somerset agents admit sales fee cartel and are fined £370,000

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Four Somerset agents admit sales fee cartel and are fined £370,000 previous nextRegulation & LawFour Somerset agents admit sales fee cartel and are fined £370,000Fines follow year-long investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority in Burnham-on-Sea market.Nigel Lewis3rd March 201701,415 Views PIC: Reading Tom via FlickrFour Somerset estate agents have admitted being involved in a price-fixing sales fee cartel in and around the seaside resort of Burnham-on-Sea and in total have been fined £372,233 by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).Gary Berryman Estate Agents Ltd (and its parent company Warne Investments Limited), Abbott and Frost Limited, Greenslade Taylor Hunt and West Coast Property Services (UK) were found to have colluded together to set minimum commission rates for residential sales at 1.5%. This follows a year-long investigation by the CMA.Abbott and Frost Limited has agreed to pay £30,099, Gary Berryman Estate Agents £97,807 and West Coast Property Services £58,273. Greenslade Taylor Hunt, a partnership, received the largest fine, of £186,054.FINE REDUCTIONSAll the fines involved included a 20% reduction for assisting in the investigation while Greenslade Taylor Hunt received a further 15% reduction ‘for leniency’ while West Coast Property Services’ fine also included a ‘leniency’ reduction, of 35%.The cartel was brought to the attention by a whistle-blower, Annagram Estate Agents which trades as CJ Hole locally and that, consequently, has not been fined.This is part of a strategy introduced by the CMA in 2015 to persuade errant agents to report competition law being broken, even if they are involved. The strategy was introduced following its £735,000 fine for the Three Counties Estate Agent Association.“Moving home is expensive and this shouldn’t be made worse by estate agents conspiring to deny their customers the best possible deal, by agreeing not to compete on fees,” says Stephen Blake, Senior Director of Cartel Enforcement at the CMA.“Price-fixing cheats customers, and we are committed to tackling it regardless of the size of the businesses involved. We have taken action against estate agents before, and will do so again if firms break the law.”The CMA says it is still investigating a sixth agent in the Burnham-on-Sea area, also for cartel activities.somerst Burnham on sea CMA Competition & Authority fine March 3, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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