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Job retention bonus / retention incentive
at 14:05 27 Oct 2021

I have seen no mention of this in today's budget.

I know that the original JRB was scrapped when the Furlough was extended, but there was talk at the time of a retention incentive being paid to businesses who kept on their staff.

This £1,000 bonus per employee would be a massive lifeline for numerous struggling small businesses and I am worried that this has been conveniently forgotten about by the government.

Has anyone got any information?
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Warning for those planning on French skiing holidays
at 11:39 2 Oct 2021

From 1 November until 31 March it will be compulsory to have winter tyres or snow chains on your car, if travelling to a number of snow resorts in the French Alps. Failure to comply will result in a 135 euro fine.
ITFC Goal of the month
at 04:43 9 Sep 2021

I've just read the player of the month / goal of the month article on the eadt website. Apart from some Celina, Lawrence and Fraser goals, I would say that in just one month we have witnessed as many quality goals as what were were seeing in a whole season in previous years.
Question for ITFCJoe
at 14:40 23 Jul 2021

and others who often watch the youths..........

It seems a number of years since any of our "promising youngsters" have really excelled and proved themselves as decent Premiership or Championship players.

I know that a few "star youngsters" have been poached by Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham and that Andre has the chance to prove his worth at QPR this season, but do you think it is a case that our promising youngsters have been over hyped, or is it due to poor management they haven't been able to kick on to the levels predicted for them?

This is a genuine question.... I can't get to see the youths play and I honestly thought that a few would have become regulars in the first team over the past couple of years, especially taking to account that we are playing in the 3rd tier.
Jonson Clarke-Harris
at 16:59 1 May 2021

Wasn't there rumours of us signing him from Bristol Rovers, before he went to Peterborough?
Confidence (and the lack of)
at 10:35 25 Apr 2021

I totally agree that a number of the squad need to be axed and we go again next season, with a smaller, more dedicated team.

However, I do feel that a number of players leaving will go on to new teams and perform so much better than they have done here. What has frustrated me over the last two seasons is that despite starting both campaigns with good results (not always good performances), we never seemed to have that "spark" to move up a level and kill teams off. I genuinely believe that if we had gone for it in a few of the early matches in both seasons, we would have scored several goals, confidence would have grown and the outcome would have been way better. However, we seemed to be happy to scrap out a narrow win, often obtained with a bit of luck.

The current squad size is ridiculous and any manager is never going to be able to keep all of those players happy. It is inevitable that complacency would set in and the bulk of players will be happy to just collect their unwarranted pay packet.

Back in the Robson era, we would only buy a couple of new players a year, who would add something to the team......not buy or loan a dozen of players who actually don't add any value. A couple of youngsters would be gradually introduced into the squad, fitting in with the system and not being expected to be world class and ever present from day one. The players all knew each others strengths and a youngster would come into a confident team and generally fit in effortlessly.

For next season I hope we:

1) Get rid of the hangers-on who only want the pay cheque

2) Reduce the squad to around 18 players, plus around 6 youngsters who have been on the fringes of the team

3) Sort out the diabolical training / medical / fitness side of the club. That has been a totally shamble for years.

4) Paul Cook decides over the summer who the nucleus / backbone of his team are and build from there. Limit the number of changes every week. Give the players the chance to build some understanding. Install a mentality of wanting / needing to win EVERY match. It is unacceptable that we constantly get knocked out of cups at the first possible opportunity, no matter what level of opposition we come up against. Whilst I agree playing some younger / fringe players in the EFLT, for the FA cup and League Cup, go for it.....have a bit of a run, try and beat a higher rank team, get a buzz around the place again. Our long suffering fans have had so little to cheer and deserve so much better.

Last 7 games...
at 06:40 21 Feb 2021

4 goals scored and 1 win. Shocking statistics for a team with one of the biggest squads / wage bill in the division.

A major overhaul is urgently needed to try and get something in place for next years promotion challenge.
Just as well Marseille don't have Lambert in charge......
at 20:38 30 Jan 2021
Leeds, Leeds
at 06:41 19 Jan 2021

I've been checking the weather forecasts at a few towns / cities around the world where some friends and family live, on the BBC website.

It always makes me chuckle that when you type in "Ipswich", it offers "Ipswich, Suffolk", "Ipswich, Australia" and "Ipswich, USA". When you type in "Leeds" the first choice is "Leeds, Leeds". I'm surprised it hasn't been amended to "Leeds, Leeds, Leeds".
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Job retention bonus scrapped
at 22:09 5 Nov 2020

With the good news that the Furlough scheme has finally been extended, it appears to have passed under the radar that the government has now scrapped the £1,000 job retention bonus due to be paid to companies in February.

With November's income wiped out for many small companies, this could be the final nail in the coffin for some.

There does not seem to have been a great deal of thought gone into making things fairer. For example, the business rate relief was a welcomed initiative for retailers that had to shut during lockdown......but why did the retailers (such as the large supermarket chains) also get this relief, when they were able to trade as normal and probably had increased sales?

Forum quality.......
at 19:09 28 Aug 2020

At the risk of getting slated, is it just me or do others think that the quality of posts/discussions/debates on here has declined immensely in the last year or so?

I have visited this forum most days for a number of years, primarily to keep up with developments at ITFC, but also to read and sometimes participate in some of the varied discussions (I particularly enjoy the posts on Ipswich / Suffolk life, past and present). Topics used to be discussed in a reasonable manner. Occasionally they would get slightly heated, but normally posters respected each other's viewpoints without resorting to childish name calling, personal insults or worse.

Recently most posts (regardless of the topic) seem to end up degenerating into one of the 3 following slanging matches:

1) pro or anti PL/MM/RK
2) pro brexit or antibrexit,
3) left wing or right wing

It's a real shame that a lot of decent, interesting posts seem to get "hijacked" and various posters insist on carrying on their personal vendettas in public.

Knife attack in France
at 12:22 4 Apr 2020

2 confirmed deaths and several injured in a knife attack in France today. As if there isn't enough to worry for the authorities and the general public to worry about.
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