Here’s how I’d generate a passive income with UK dividend stocks Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 20th December, 2020 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I think there are some tremendous bargains in the world of UK dividend stocks right now. And I’m looking to take advantage of this discrepancy. I reckon that by acquiring a basket of these companies, I can generate a passive income to cover at least a portfolio of my living costs. UK dividend stocks I think finding the market’s best dividend stocks requires time and patience. It’s not as easy as finding the highest yield. In some cases, stocks have high yields because the market believes the payout is not sustainable. More often than not, the market is right.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With that in mind, I like to stick with firms that have high yields and low payout ratios. I think these companies are the best candidates to create a passive income stream.Put simply, a low payout ratio suggests the firm in question is only paying out a modest portion of its income. A payout ratio of 75% or less suggests to me that the business can support the company’s distribution. But this does not mean that I have a limited universe of companies to buy for a passive income portfolio. In fact, my research suggests there are at least 150 companies in the FTSE All Share with payout ratios of 75% or less. Some examples of these top UK dividend stocks include Sage, Britvic, Games Workshop and BAE Systems. A portfolio of these four companies equally weighted would provide a dividend yield of just under 3%. Compared to interest rates available on most high street banks’ savings accounts today, I reckon this level of income looks incredibly attractive. Generating a passive incomeBuying UK dividend stocks could be one of the best ways to generate a passive income for life, according to my research. When I’ve found the dividend stocks to buy, all I have to do is set up a regular investment plan. This process can be relatively straightforward. Most online stock brokers now offer a regular investment plan, which allows investors to put away a set amount every month. How much I decide to put away really depends on my personal savings and investing goals. I’ve found it’s a good idea to set out an income target and then work towards that goal. For example, my living costs work out at around £500 a month. That’s equivalent to an annual sum of £6,000. Using the UK dividend stocks outlined above, my figures suggest I would need a total investment portfolio of £200k to generate an attractive passive income stream that suits my lifestyle. With this target in place, it’s easier to lay out a savings and investing plan to help me reach it. Investing for growth could help me hit this objective faster. While the corporations outlined above only yield around 3%, some growth stocks could produce significantly higher returns on my money. Return rates of over 20% are not uncommon. Finding these high-growth stocks may help me hit my passive income target in a shorter time frame. Image source: Getty Images Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Britvic and Sage Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.
UK share markets have had another false start at the start of 2021. After a blistering beginning to January the new bull market ran out of steam almost as quickly as it began. The long-running Covid-19 saga rolls on and continues to play havoc with investor confidence. And it threatens to derail a solid rebound in the global economy this year.The muddy economic outlook isn’t stopping me from continuing to build my Stocks and Shares ISA, though. This is because there are still plenty of UK shares that I think could record big profits growth in 2021 regardless of the wider economic landscape. It’s also due to the fact that I invest with a view to making returns over a long-term time horizon.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…2 UK shares on my ISA radarIt’s a bonus if they can provide faster returns, of course. Here are a couple of shares I’d happily buy for my own Stocks and Shares ISA that I think could start to do well in 2021.#1: TharisaI have just explained why respondents to a London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) survey reckon silver prices will fly in 2021. The same investor concerns and macroeconomic factors (like low interest rates and a weak US dollar) that are anticipated to push the grey metal higher this year are expected to drive the prices of the platinum group metals (PGM) suite too.The LBMA reckons that average platinum and palladium prices will rise 28.2% and 11.2% respectively in 2021. This creates averages of $1,131.50 and $2,439.10 for the two chief PGMs. The precious commodities are expected to benefit from improved car making as the economic recovery kicks in. And this bodes well for UK shares like Tharisa (LSE: THS), which haul the metals out of the earth.There are significant risks to Tharisa, of course. The threat of production problems and spiralling costs are two ever-present problems for UK mining shares. Indeed, rampant Covid-19 infection rates and safety issues forced the company to shutter its operations at times in 2020. Still, in my opinion, the company’s low valuation makes it an attractive buy today. Tharisa trades on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 10 times for the fiscal year to September 2021.#2: 4Imprint GroupI believe that marketing products maker 4Imprint Group is another good UK value share for 2021. This business trades on a forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of 0.2. Any reading below 1 suggests that a stock is being undervalued by market makers.I can understand why investors might be reluctant to pile into 4Imprint today. The prospect of a bumpy economic recovery could spell havoc for product orders at the company. But for the moment, trading continues to recover and January’s update showed its order intake improved to 70% of 2019 levels in the fourth quarter. This compares with a weekly average of 60% it recorded at the end of October. Advertising budgets recover quickly when economic conditions improve. And this could result in a blockbuster year at this UK share. Royston Wild | Sunday, 7th February, 2021 | More on: THS Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Royston Wild Image source: Getty Images 2 cheap UK shares I’d buy in my Stocks and Shares ISA Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended 4imprint Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSDine Around Apopka Previous articleCookies & Milk with a Cop this SaturdayNext articleA place that time (and the Apopka CRA) forgot Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Weekend Plan: Dine Around ApopkaFor some, complaining about dining options in Apopka is a community pastime. With the opening of each fast-food restaurant, social media critics set the internet on fire.“When will Apopka get a great restaurant?”There is, however, a coalition of restaurateurs who say that day has come. They want you to dine around Apopka and see for yourself what this city’s restaurants have to offer. If you do, they will give a portion to charity.They call their alliance Dine Around Apopka. This coalition invites you to dine at participating restaurants this month. During the promotion, each dining partner will offer a special menu item with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Habitat for Humanity Seminole-Apopka. Participating restaurants include:Aunt GingiBreads BakeryB CupcakesBackroom SteakhouseBeef O’Brady’sCharlie GrangersEdible ArrangementsHurricanesMenchies Frozen YogurtA Moveable FeastPorkies Original BBQSomething FishySultan Mediterranean GrillSus Hi! EatstationSweet Jar CreationsThe White Table.Go here for more details and a complete list.Habitat for Humanity is currently building a 58-home community in South Apopka.For more details on Habitat and its South Apopka project, go here.Patrice Phillips is the founder of Dine Around Apopka. She is the owner of Phillips Development & Events. She and her husband Terence Phillips are the owners of Something Fishy – one of the Dine Around Apopka members. They moved to Apopka nine years ago with their three children Gabrielle 25, Kenneth 21, and Christopher 13.Something Fishy opened its doors in April of 2016, and Apopka has been in love with them ever since. Now, Patrice wants the community to fall in love with all the restaurants in Apopka.There are great dining options in Apopka. Just take a look at the list above. Make it a point to push back on the critics this weekend and Dine Around Apopka. At the same time, you’ll be helping out a charity that is bringing affordable housing to South Apopka. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Demand higher fine for farmworker’s deathRandy VasquezRandy Vasquez, 27, was killed Feb. 24 when the tractor he was driving overturned in a manure lagoon at Riverview Ranch Dairy, a member of the Darigold farmer-owned business in Washington state. The state fined Riverview $6,800, but the dairy appealed the fine, with the support of key members of the state agribusiness industry. On Oct. 13 the fine was reduced to $2,200, on the condition that Riverview take action to see that such an accident would not happen again.Nubia Guajardo, Vasquez’s spouse, told the Oct. 13 Daily Sun News, “Is $2,200 all Randy’s life is worth? … The state acts like a farmworker dying is just a cost of doing business. State officials should be ashamed of themselves for slashing their already puny fine. I have faith the public won’t accept it.”Sign the United Farm Workers’ petition at ufw.org to demand that Gov. Jay Inslee increase the fine and that Darigold work with the UFW and Vasquez’s widow to take real steps to ensure farmworkers can work without fear of death or injury.American Airlines agents win first contractOn Oct. 1, the Teamsters and the Communication Workers announced that 15,000 American Airlines passenger service agents have won their first nationwide contract. This is the first pact since the merger of American Airlines and USAirways in 2013. The contract offers major improvements in wages and benefits, including an immediate 3 percent wage hike, with another 9 percent over the five-year contract. The contract must still be ratified by the workers.This was the second nationwide pact the two unions and others won the week of Sept. 28. More than 4,000 workers at the American Red Cross in 24 states ratified their first three-year contract on Sept. 30. (dclabor.org, Oct. 2)WeWork to hire union janitorsOn Oct. 13 WeWork, a start-up valued at $1 billion that provides temporary office space to entrepreneurs and big businesses (with perks like showers, arcade games and coffee bars), put out a request for proposals from unionized janitorial contractors in New York and Boston. This followed months of protests by cleaners paid as little as $10 an hour through a nonunion janitorial contractor. After reaching out to Local 1199 of the Service Employees union in New York, the workers demonstrated outside WeWork offices in New York for a raise and union representation.Things escalated after 100 workers were fired in September. But, according to the Oct. 14 New York Times, many of those who rent WeWork space sympathized with the laid-off janitors. So WeWork sat down with Local 1199 and, reports WeWork’s chief operating officer Arthur Minson, “in a matter of a few weeks’ time we moved from foes to friends.” Ivan Castelan, one of the former janitors who will be rehired, said, “It feels really good to see that when working people stand together, we can change our lives and the lives of other workers for the better.”Minimum wage, overtime affirmed for home care workersIn 2013 the Department of Labor, after assessing the burgeoning $84 billion home care industry, issued new rules guaranteeing minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers hired by agencies. Previously such workers had been deemed informal “sitters,” unworthy of basic wage and labor protections. But caring for the elderly and people with disabilities is now big business. More than 90 percent of those who do the demanding, back-breaking work are women; more than half are people of color; one in four are immigrants; and one in five are single mothers. (phinational.org, February 2014)Industry groups challenged the new rules in 2014, arguing they would “destabilize the entire industry” — read “decrease profits stolen from hard-working poor women.” Late last year a district court judge blocked implementation of the new rules. But in August a three-judge appeals court reinstated the protections. On Oct. 6, the Supreme Court agreed, signing off on the ruling.But the greedy industry groups are dug in; they have filed for a hearing before the full appeals court. (RH Reality Check, Oct. 13) Stay tuned.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Receive email alerts Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Vietnam to go further Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Nguyen Minh Triet, who has just taken over from Tran Duc Luong as Vietnam’s president, asking him to pardon Pham Hong Son (photo) and Nguyen Vu Binh, two cyber-dissidents who are serving prison sentences of five and seven years respectively. The letter drew attention to Pham Hong Son’s state of health, which is particularly worrying. News June 29, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to new president about two imprisoned cyber-dissidents April 27, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more Organisation ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org VietnamAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Nguyen Minh Triet, who has just taken over from Tran Duc Luong as Vietnam’s president, asking him to pardon Pham Hong Son and Nguyen Vu Binh, two cyber-dissidents who are serving prison sentences of five and seven years respectively.The letter drew attention to Pham Hong Son’s state of health, which is particularly worrying. He has been held since 27 March 2002.”Dear Mr. President,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to take the opportunity of your appointment as President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to ask you to pardon Pham Hong Son and Nguyen Vu Binh, two prisoners of conscience whose only crime was to express their opinions on the Internet.We are particularly concerned about the state of health of Pham Hong Son, who was arrested on 27 March 2002. A physician and marketing executive with a pharmaceutical company, he was sentenced on appeal on 26 August 2003 to five years in prison and three years of house arrest. He has an inguinal hernia that could prove fatal if it is not operated on. He has also had chest pains and has been spitting up blood – the symptoms of tuberculosis – since July 2005 but he is not receiving appropriate treatment.Arrested on 25 September 2002, Nguyen Vu Binh was sentenced on 31 December 2003 to seven years in prison and three years of house arrest. A former journalist with an official publication of the Communist Party of Vietnam, he was accused of having relations with “subversive dissidents” such as Pham Hong Son and of posting articles on the Internet which, according to the authorities of your country, were of a “reactionary nature.”We ask you to re-examine the cases of these two prisoners, whose detention has gone on for too long. We also invite you to comply with the undertakings your country gave in its “white paper on human rights” in 2005, especially as regards free expression and the unrestricted use of the Internet. Concrete progress in this area would undoubtedly be hailed by the entire international community at a time when Vietnam is preparing to join the World Trade Organisation.I trust you will give these requests your careful consideration.”Sincerely,Robert Ménard, Secretary-GeneralPham Hong Son is sponsored by SVM Mac (France), Liberation.fr (France), Nathalie Griesbeck (a French member of the European Parliament), the House of the Press in Mons (Belgium), the House of the Press in Charleroi (Belgium), TéléPro magazine (Belgium), Vlan-Liège (Belgium), El Siglo (Spain), Periodistas-es.org (Spain) and The Concordian (Canada). RSF_en
AudioHomepage BannerNews Cllrs clash over housing plans for Buncrana News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleDonegal sees Ireland’s first conviction & sentencing for coercive controlNext articlePearse Doherty to lead Sinn Feins negotiating talks News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – February 12, 2020 Google+ Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Pinterest Two Buncrana councillors have clashed over plans to develop social housing in the Crana View area of the town. Initial plans for a plot of available land there showed 19 houses, but a subsequent plan saw that reduced to 11.Cllr Nicholas Crossan questioned why that was, asking on whose authority the plan was changed, and saying anyone who opposes such plans should hang their heads in shame….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/nichocfbgcvbcvbclashouse1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Cllr Rena Donaghy told the Inishowen Municipal District that she always believed 19 was too many, and believed 11 was a more realistic figure.She says while social, housing is needed, local residents must have their quality of life protected………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Renadfgdfgdfhouses1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Officials told the meeting that the initial proposal was drawn up on the basis of a map, and the second was drawn up after discussions with residents and others.Neither has yet been approved, and a final decision will not be taken until elected representatives and others are consulted. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic
Bulls: Chicago made just 2 of 16 3-pointers. … Shaquille Harrison set a career high with nine rebounds. … Markkanen has 32 straight double-digit scoring games. Lauri Markkanen had 18 points and 10 rebounds, but made just 6 of 20 shots. Associated Press March 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local Gobert leads Jazz to 114-83 romp over Bulls “Tough one in Atlanta but we bounced back tonight,” Mitchell said. “It really shows who we are and what we’re capable of.” Gobert dominated inside, making 9 of 11 shots and blocking four. BANGED UP “That loss kinda was a good slap in the face,” Gobert said. “I think our urgency was great tonight. We started the game the right way defensively and it just (carried to) the offense.” UP NEXT “It would be great to have the homecourt,” Gobert said. “But at the same time, like I said, if we don’t, I like our chances … on the road against anyone.” Gobert had another neat block on Kris Dunn’s fastbreak layup, setting up a break that Mitchell punctuated with a soaring dunk. Porter missed his third straight game and LaVine missed his second in a row. They led 33-18 through the first quarter and continued to pour it on in the second, heading to the locker room up by 34. The Jazz’s most lopsided victory this season was a 139-105 romp over San Antonio on Dec. 4. And it looked like they might surpass that. Things were so bad for the Bulls that fans cheered sarcastically when Dunn hit a 16-foot jumper with just under five minutes left in the half to stop a 17-0 run. The 31-point margin of victory was just three shy of the Jazz’s season high. They raced out to a 70-36 halftime lead on the way to their sixth win in seven games, and bounced back quite nicely from a three-point loss at Atlanta on Thursday. TIP-INS He blocked a layup by Markkanen in the second quarter and converted one on the other end off of a no-look pass from Ricky Rubio driving the baseline. The Bulls also ruled out injured rookies Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb surgery) and Chandler Hutchison (right toe injury) for the remainder of the season. Carter and Hutchison each appeared in 44 games. The No. 7 pick, Carter averaged 10.3 points and 7 rebounds, while Hutchison averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds after getting drafted 22nd overall. There was no shortage of highlights along the way. And Gobert was in on several of them. The Bulls delivered one of their worst performances of the season coming off back-to-back victories and lost for the sixth time in eight games. Dunn was slowed by back pain that he said limited his mobility and made it difficult to fight through screens. He finished with just four points on 1-of-8 shooting and five assists. Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Utah rolled to one of its most lopsided wins of the season, beating the Chicago Bulls 114-83 Saturday night. Donovan Mitchell added 16 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Favors and Joe Ingles each scored 13. And the Jazz made about half of their shots, with Chicago offering little resistance, particularly in the early going. “We’re not using that as an excuse, that we’re short with guys,” Markkanen said. “We’re just trying to focus on winning the second half and playing hard and together and get better. A 36-point hole or whatever it was — it’s kind of hard to come back from that.” Written by Jazz: Host Phoenix on Monday. Utah is in a crowd of six teams jockeying for position behind Golden State and Denver in the Western Conference. The Jazz would love to land home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Bulls: Visit Toronto on Tuesday. Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) and leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) remained sidelined, leaving the Bulls without two of their best players. But even so, Chicago seemed disinterested right from the start while the Jazz sure were locked in. Tags: NBA/Rudy Gobert/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHICAGO (AP) — The Jazz got a slap in the face a couple nights earlier and answered with quite a punch. Jazz: Utah’s highest scoring half was 81 points against Golden State on Oct. 17. … The Jazz had 13 players score, with seven reaching double digits.
The transaction amount also includes $10m received by Talen Energy following the announcement of the deal in October 2017 The IEC pipeline comprises of an 84 mile (135km) pipeline between Marcus Hook and Martins Creek, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Pixabay/Adam Radosavljevic) Talen Energy has announced the completion of the sale of its indirect, wholly owned subsidiary Interstate Energy Company (IEC) for $155m.IEC, an indirect, a wholly owned subsidiary of Talen Energy, has been sold to Adelphia Gateway (Adelphia), a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources.The transaction amount also includes $10m received by the company following the announcement of the deal in October 2017.The IEC pipeline comprises of an 84 mile (135km) pipeline between Marcus Hook and Martins Creek, Pennsylvania.Talen Energy to use sale proceeds to trim debtTalen Energy is expected to utilise the proceeds from the sale for recourse debt reduction.Talen Energy subsidiaries have entered into contracts with Adelphia for supply of natural gas from the northern portion of the pipeline to Talen Energy’s Martins Creek and Lower Mount Bethel generating stations.Adelphia will repurpose the southern 80km portion of the IEC pipeline to flow natural gas to the greater Philadelphia region.Talen Energy chairman and chief executive officer Ralph Alexander said: “The sale of IEC marks the last in a series of planned sales of non-core assets which were announced shortly following Talen Energy’s take-private transaction in December 2016. These sales allowed the Company to monetize underutilized assets to generate incremental cash flow, and drive greater efficiencies.“We appreciate the efforts of those on both sides of this transaction and look forward to working with Adelphia to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.”Talen Energy is one of the largest power generation companies in North America, owing nearly 15GW of generating capacity.The company’s power generation capacity is located in well-developed, structured wholesale power markets, principally in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions of the US.In June, Talen Montana, the operator of the 2,094MW Colstrip Steam Electric Station (Colstrip), announced the retirement of the units 1 and 2 of the power plant, while continuing the operations of the remaining two. Talen Montana shared the ownership of Colstrip units 1 and 2 with Puget Sound Energy.
The heads of 35 Oxford Colleges and Permanent Private Halls have signed an open letter urging MPs to guarantee the right of European Union citizens to reside in the UK after the Brexit process is complete, ahead of a key parliamentary vote on Article 50.The letter, published in The Times today and signed by Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson, appeals to MPs just before they vote on a Lords amendment to the Article 50 bill guaranteeing the right of EU citizens in Britain to remain after withdrawal.The College heads address members of all political parties to ask them to support the amendment, adding that Oxford University and its research would “suffer enormous damage” if academics and support staff from the EU lost their right to remain. The letter also dismisses the government suggestion that European citizens are likely to be allowed to stay as “insufficient”.“Our EU colleagues are not reassured by a government which tells them that deportation is not going to happen but declines to convert that assurance into law”, the letter argues, before going on to note that some EU citizen academics are “already making plans to leave”.It continues: “Many of our staff do not know whether absences abroad on research contracts will count against them. Others do not know, however longstanding their work and residence, whether their children will be able to remain in the UK.”Notable absentees from the signatories are heads from Christ Church, Corpus Christi, Lincoln, Mansfield and St. Peter’s.Earlier this month, Alastair Buchan, Oxford’s Head of Brexit Strategy, told Cherwell: “[Academics] are most worried about their staff, they’re worried about students being able to come, they’re worried about their staff being secure and confident and having what they need in terms of what we all take for granted in this country, which is free education, free healthcare, free social care”.Speaking on how he would attempt to align the views of colleges heads who had spoken out against Brexit following the referendum, Buchan said: “They are very senior people, often from government, often from the civil service, often from the media and academe, and they are in a situation where they really are speaking as individuals. My job is to somehow forge a common purpose for the university.”Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities said yesterday (12 March) that the government wanted higher education to remain “open to collaboration” after Brexit.The letter aims to persuade backbench Conservative MPs to support the amendment alongside Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP. The government, which is likely to be supported by a number of opposition MPs, has a majority of 17 in the Commons and has insisted that the rights of EU citizens are a priority.Oxford University and the signatories of the letter have been contacted for comment.This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as we receive it.