Home » News » Housing Market » UK steps up housebuilding previous nextHousing MarketUK steps up housebuildingNew home registrations reached an eight year high in 2015.The Negotiator4th February 20160687 Views The number of new homes registered to be built in the UK increased by 7 per cent year-on-year in 2015, hitting an eight year high of over 156,000, the latest figures from the National House Building Council (NHBC) show.Private sector registrations rose by seven per cent to 118,611 in 2015 compared to 110,674 in 2014 while public sector registration increased by five per cent to 37,529 from 35,685 in 2014.While the 2015 annual total is still well below the 199,177 new build homes registered in 2007, it is 75 per cent higher than the 88,993 new homes registered during in 2009.“2015 was a year for continued housing growth in the UK. Both the public and private sectors have performed well and we have seen encouraging levels of house building across most regions of the country,” said NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton (left).The volume of detached homes registered reached 42,173, the highest for more than a decade. Additionally, the number of semi-detached homes registered in 2015 at 35,423 was the highest in over 20 years.NHBC’s latest figured also revealed that most parts of the UK experienced significant growth year-on-year, led by Northern Ireland, up 30 per cent, albeit, from a relatively low base. This was followed by the East of England which saw a 23 per cent upturn, the North West up 16 per cent and Scotland up by 15 per cent.London continued to lead the way in the number of new home registrations, but the 2015 figure of 25,994 registrations actually represented a 9 per cent fall on the 28,518 new homes recorded in 2014. New home registration in Yorkshire and the Humber and Wales fell by 13 per cent and two per cent year-on-year respectively.The volume of new homes registered remains significantly below the Government target of 200,000 new homes a year, and also represents less than two-thirds of the estimated 250,000 new homes a year needed to meet existing demand for housing in England.“There is still a way to go before we are building the levels of new homes that were seen before the economic downturn, but 2015 represents consolidation on the growth seen over the last three years,” Quinton added.One of the biggest constraints on the housebuilding industry’s ability to meet the new level of demand and deliver further sustained increases in build rates is the planning process, with many developers still finding many of their applications for consent shrouded in red tape and delays.“How quickly we get more sites to the point where we can actually start to lay bricks will be a major influence on future house building levels,” said Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of the HBF.Another major problem facing the housebuilding sector as a whole is a shortage of labour, which is pushing up the price of hiring tradesmen.The financial crash of 2007-08 bears some of the blame as it led to thousands of people leaving the construction industry. Now that demand has returned, there is a skills shortage, with bricklayers, carpenters and joiners in short supply.Brian Berry (right), Chief Executive of the FMB, said, “We’re already seeing housing developments starting to stall because the cost of hiring skilled tradespeople is threatening to make some sites simply unviable. Unless we see a massive uplift in apprenticeship training in our industry, there won’t be enough pairs of hands to deliver more housing on this scale.”housebuilding new build homes new homes registered to be built in the UK new homes February 4, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 2021
4/5 BURTON TAYLORTUESDAY-SATURDAY, 7.30PM ‘Babies grow in rubbish,’ states Michael matter-of-factly, explaining how he found a baby on a trash heap, named it Debris and began to care for it. Unlike much of the dusty drama that finds its way onto the stages of Oxford theatres, Debris is a modern play written in 2004 by up-and-coming playwright David Kelly. The play explores the lives of dysfunctional siblings Michael and Michelle, who have a drunken, abusive father and a dead mother. Debris portrays people whose lives are thwarted by their difficult and dysfunctional surroundings. Director Will Maynard has chosen a difficult play, full of lyrical flights and unexpected imagery, and navigates it brilliantly. Despite sometimes tipping into the bizarre or sentimental, the overall result is an intelligently directed, insightfully acted play. This is even more impressive given the inexperienced cast. Michael, played by Matt Malby, has all the nervous, gangly energy of a teenage boy. He really comes alive when discovering the baby; this is awkward teenage tenderness at its most powerful, a deep instinct to protect coming through excellently. Michelle, played by Sarah Milne-Das, is a more balanced character and, although sometimes bland, has flights of anger and fear which are both believable and passionate. Audiences could be bemused by lines like ‘Plant child sucking death through a potato tongue,’ and although Milne-Das does her best, sometimes the bizarre imagery doesn’t quite work. What does, though, is the pair’s poignant relationship as siblings, caught between love and hatred as only siblings can be. This could have been a soap-opera abusive-home scenario, but instead, the play becomes a moving, often surprising, tale of the love and tenderness which can struggle out from tiny cracks in rubbish heaps. By Elen Griffiths
It’s red, it’s an antioxidant and it is rocketing in popularity. It can also be easily sweetened, it’s bake stable and it can be infused with other flavours. Oh yes, and it can cure cystitis.There are a lot of claims made about the common cranberry – and if recent evidence is to be believed they appear to be true. In fact, a couple more claims have recently been made: cranberries boost good cholesterol (HDL) and help circulation.In case you think I have swallowed the sales patter along with the cranberries, let me emphasise that a health symposium held at the botanical gardens at Kew lined up a practising professor of urology, Stuart Stanton, and two nutritionists to present the facts on cranberries and answer any questions.But why should all this interest bakers? Well, aside from the fact that Christmas is coming and cranberries are a festive red colour, almost every national newspaper and food programme on TV seems obsessed with health at the moment. So adding a selection of cranberries can not only add colour but also a healthy image to breads, muffins, Danish and flapjacks. I expect they are already being seen in mince pies with a difference.Health shops and supermarkets are now selling a fruit mix with cranberries as a hand-held snack and sweet alternative to the traditional chocolate bar. The juice and purée are also highly nutritious and if used cost effectively can again add colour and value enabling a premium price to be charged – customers should pay for all that health!Cranberries undoubtedly help in the indulgence versus health debate because as with blueberries they help combine the two.Cranberries and related products such as the juice are available in the UK through Ocean Spray and distributed through wholesaler JO Sims of Spalding, Lincolnshire, which has nationwide distribution.—-=== Health issue ===Ocean Spray is an agricultural co-operative owned by more than 650 cranberry growers in the US and Canada. It was formed 75 years ago by three cranberry growers from Massachusetts and New JerseyCranberries grow in very acidic soil or, even better, in wet fields. There are four little air pouches in the centre of the cranberry which means it floats well making it slightly easier to harvest them in the boggy fields than on dry land.They have a hard outer skin that becomes softer when heated. Their natural flavour is slightly sour so they balance sweet products well, but they can also be dried or infused with a sweetener or even other flavours.Cranberries are harvested in autumn. This year cranberry lakes were created at Kew Gardens as an autumn spectacular and a publicity stunt that received widespread press coverage. With such marketing muscle behind it the cranberry’s future looks rosy.
The government has today (Wednesday 4 July) announced new measures to make sure British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean have the support they need in the event of a repeat of the devastating hurricanes which hit the region last year.Government departments have been putting plans in place to bring together humanitarian, military support and diplomatic work under a joint unit coordinated by the Foreign Office.These include: follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Foreign Office Minister for the Overseas Territories Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon said: International Development Minister, Lord Bates said: Last year’s hurricanes hit Caribbean British Overseas Territories and the wider region with devastating effect, uprooting lives and damaging local economies. The UK has provided critical support and help with recovery efforts and I have seen for myself the huge impact that this has had already. The UK continues to work closely with the governments of the Overseas Territories in their recovery efforts and in helping to rebuild their economies. Moreover, we have also been working hard with key partners across the region to ensure an even more effective and strategic response in the event we see a repeat of last year’s hurricane season. The scale of last year’s hurricanes was unprecedented and the UK aid mission was huge, covering small islands stretching more than 1,000 miles apart, where buildings and roads had been destroyed. Britain continues to stand by those people whose lives were devastated. Not only have we been working with the islands’ governments to make sure they are more resilient to natural disasters but we are also well prepared to respond and provide humanitarian relief if a hurricane hits again. Minister for Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said: Email [email protected] For journalists Media enquiries £72 million was immediately committed in September to help the Overseas Territories Anguilla, BVI and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In November, the Prime Minister committed a further £70 million for reconstruction efforts and £300 million of UK loan guarantees.Foreign Office Minister for the Overseas Territories Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon visited Anguilla, the Cayman Islands and Montserrat as part of a regional tour to discuss hurricane preparedness in May and will visit the region again later this month.Hurricane preparedness was one of the key topics of discussion at the Joint Ministerial Council with the Overseas Territories in June.BackgroundRead the Hurricane Preparedness in the Caribbean Overseas Territories: written statementFurther information Royal Fleet Auxilliary (RFA) Mounts Bay, a Navy ship deployed to the region since 2017, will remain in the vicinity of the Caribbean throughout the hurricane season this year and also for 2019 experts have been deployed to the region to lead negotiations on a number of commercial contracts, in advance of peak hurricane season, to deliver essential recovery needs military reconnaissance and analysis in the Overseas Territories, building links and familiarity with local and regional disaster management personnel, and conducting professional analysis of selected critical infrastructure plans for a multi-national coordination cell in the Caribbean to coordinate partner countries and organisations to make sure efforts aren’t being duplicated across the region and to make immediate responses more efficient. The UK has coordinated meetings between representatives from the USA, Canada and the Netherlands and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to ensure a joined up approach to hurricane preparedness emergency humanitarian supplies in the form of over 1000 collapsible jerry cans, 1000 hygiene kits and up to 1000 shelter kits have been pre-loaded onto RFA Mounts Bay, which will remain in the region for the hurricane season and be on hand to provide life-saving emergency assistance as required. DFID has also fielded a preparedness mission to the region from 5 to 17 June to coordinate UK preparations with both national and regional institutions DFID has well established programmes in the poorer Commonwealth countries of the Caribbean and, in addition to humanitarian assistance, is supporting reconstruction efforts in the hurricane-affected islands of Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda the UK has also helped ensure all islands affected by the hurricanes last year are now insured under the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Fund (CCRIF). DFID helped establish the CCRIF which provided over $50 million of quick payouts to hurricane affected Caribbean countries and territories in 2017. This year, the UK has supported BVI and Montserrat to join as new members. This means that all of the islands affected last year are now covered. Our Armed Forces are committed to supporting our Overseas Territories, and we have worked alongside our colleagues across Government to ensure we are fully prepared in the event of a natural disaster or other crisis. RFA Mounts Bay, which played a vital role during the 2017 hurricane crisis, remains ready in the Caribbean and will be supported by specialist forces from the UK if required. follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook follow Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon @tariqahmadbt
Over the course of two nights last weekend, Boulder played host to Dead & Company at Folsom Field for what turned out to be an epic weekend of music. With a ton of people in town for those shows, The Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater kept things going late with after-shows each night. On Saturday night, Thievery Corporation played a sold-out show at the latter of the two venues, which saw the group play their bossa nova inspired grooves to a faithful contingent that simply wanted to dance the night away.Watch Oteil Burbridge Join Thievery Corporation For ‘Fire On The Mountain’ In Boulder [Full Show Review]Towards the end of the show, Thievery introduced very special guest Oteil Burbridge, bassist of Dead & Company (and formerly of the Allman Brothers Band) to join them for a dubbed out version of “Fire On The Mountain”. With expressions of surprise and sheer delight on everybody in the venue, the energy in the venue went through the roof. Burbridge also came out the following night to jam with Tom Hamilton’s American Babies and Marco Benevento over at The Fox.Oteil Burbridge & Marco Benevento Cover Grateful Dead, Allman Bros With Tom Hamilton [Watch]
Transformative Research R01 AwardThe largest grant — $8.2 million over five years — went to a team that includes Jeff Lichtman, Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Markus Meister, Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology; and Joshua R. Sanes, professor of molecular and cellular biology. Lichtman and Meister are members and Sanes is Paul J. Finnegan Director of Harvard’s Center for Brain Science. A fourth member of the team, Sebastian Seung, is a professor of computational neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The team’s research is focused on the development of new technology that can speed up the process of mapping brain circuits. The challenge in drawing such maps now, is that, due to their small size, neuronal processes and the synapses that connect them must be mapped at very small resolution — typically as small as a single nanometer. The distributed nature of neuronal connectivity, however, means that the maps often cover range of a millimeter — 1 million nanometers — or more. To reconcile those competing priorities, Lichtman, Meister, and Sanes are developing a technique that combines sectioning, electron microscopic imaging, and reconstruction technologies — that could produce a 1,000-fold increase in the speed of diagramming brain circuits.As a proof-of-concept test, the team will first reconstruct the retinal circuit of a mouse in its entirety, before later testing the technique on human tissue. Because neural circuits are unique for each individual, the hope is that this technique may be used to trace experiences and learned behaviors, and could potentially shed light on a number of developmental, aging, and behavioral disorders.Pioneer AwardFlorian Engert, professor of molecular and cellular biology, and Sharad Ramanathan, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, will each receive grants that will support up to $500,000 in direct costs each year for five years.Engert plans to use the grant to study the neural basis of navigation, learning, and memory in a zebrafish model. He plans to create a virtual environment that paralyzed fish larvae can navigate and interact with entirely through the use of motor neurons. He will then study the flow of neural information as individual fish are trained to perform a variety of learning tasks. He also plans to use genetically encoded optic tools to activate and silence targeted subsets of neurons, allowing him to develop and test emerging theories. Nine researchers from across Harvard have received more than $15 million in special National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants designed to foster innovative research with the potential to propel fields forward and speed the translation of research into improved public health.The nine, who include five members of Harvard’s Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) faculty, three Harvard Medical School (HMS) faculty, and one junior fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), were named recipients of the NIH Director’s Transformative Research R01 Award, Pioneer Award, and New Innovator Award. The awards are aimed at supporting innovative or unconventional research ideas that might have a broad impact on biomedical science.“The NIH Director’s Award programs reinvigorate the biomedical work force by providing unique opportunities to conduct research that is neither incremental nor conventional,” said James M. Anderson, director of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, who guides the Common Fund’s High-Risk Research program. “The awards are intended to catalyze giant leaps forward for any area of biomedical research, allowing investigators to go in entirely new directions.” The grant will allow Ramanathan to research how electrical activity and molecular circuits influence the development of progenitor cells that form various types of neurons in the brain. As part of the investigation, his team will construct a number of optical and imaging systems, microfluidics, and image-processing tools that may be of immediate use to the scientific community.New Innovator AwardFor Erez Lieberman-Aiden, a fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows who will receive a grant of just over $2.5 million over five years, the program will support his work on using 3-D imaging to understand the spatial arrangement of cellular components. As an example, he cites the use of three-dimensional genome sequencing to help scientists understand what it means at a cellular level when they say a gene “turned on.”“The NIH’s support for this kind of research is crucial,” Lieberman-Aiden said. “It’s easy to get research support for work that is likely to lead to a salable product in a year or two. But that isn’t the kind of basic research that has a deep and transformational impact on medicine. NIH is the single biggest supporter of basic scientific research of relevance to human health, and its funding is responsible for a lot of the deep, surprising findings that have fundamentally changed our understanding of biology in recent decades.”Other grant recipients include Thomas Kupper, Thomas B. Fitzpatrick Professor of Dermatology and head of the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Vamsi Mootha, professor of medicine and professor of systems biology. Kupper and Mootha received a Transformative Research Award, and Christopher Hug, assistant professor of pediatrics, received a New Innovator Award.
Editor’s Note: This is the seventh story in a series featuring Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s graduates serving as members of Congress. The eighth and final story will run next week. This series, titled “Trading Golden Dome for Capitol Dome,” runs on Fridays. Seven hundred thousand, five hundred seventy-three: the number of constituents in Pennsylvania’s twelfth Congressional district, and who freshman congressman Keith Rothfus (R-PA-12) calls his employers. Rothfus, who earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1994, said he has focused on constituent services during his tenure. “I tell everyone, I’m just the employee,” Rothfus said. “You have 705,000 employers or bosses in the district, and it’s important for people to understand that that’s the way it works now: When you go into public service you are the employee of the people. “You’re here to represent 700,000 people, and I represent people who didn’t vote for me, I represent people who didn’t vote at all and I represent people who voted for me.” Rothfus said he worked with his team to establish venues for his constituents to voice their concerns, including coffee shop hours and telephone town halls. “We’re doing a series of coffees around the district, where I will show up at a local coffee shop and we’ll just talk the issues with constituents, both the big national issues and the basic constituent issues that people might have,” Rothfus said. “Constituent service is very important to me. We’re also doing a lot of telephone town halls where I will put a call out to thousands of people in the district and they are able to stay on the line for up to an hour and ask questions of their employee in Washington.” The overall impact Prioritizing constituent service allows him to apply himself to solving the problems articulated by the people he represents and to advocate for better federal laws, Rothfus said. “If I get a phone call from somebody who has an issue with [the Department of] Veteran’s Affairs, for example, I don’t care if they voted for me or not. My job is to handle that all, that’s part of customer service,” Rothfus said. “People know my principles, my values. When I have a piece of legislation to consider, I’m looking at the overall impact. I’m looking at how much money we’re spending on it and if this is going to be borrowing from the next generation, what is the path to make sure that a program is sustainable so that we’re not going to bankrupt the country on it, does the program work and does it deliver what it’s said it’s going to deliver.” Rothfus graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY)-Buffalo with a B.A. in information systems, and chose to attend Notre Dame Law School to obtain his J.D. after working for IBM in Washington, D.C. for several years. Notre Dame’s program attracted him because of its attention to different elements of law, he said. “I was really drawn to Notre Dame’s law program,” Rothfus said. “I wanted a law program that has the full scope of Western tradition. Notre Dame was one of those places where they talked about things, jurisprudence and the nature of law … so it was a good fit and a great place to go to law school.” The broadly focused legal education at Notre Dame prepared him well to serve in Congress, Rothfus said. “I think that just being at a place like Notre Dame, you get the bigger picture. Law is a very important part of our society, and you have to be very careful when you put law into place because it affects a lot of people,” Rothfus said. “Every issue that comes up, I think you have a bigger picture because of the education you get at Notre Dame.” Delivering social services with faith Rothfus said he practiced law in Pittsburgh, until volunteer work for George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign led him to a position within the federal government. “In 2005 I was looking for an opportunity to get in and do some public policy and the President had a faith-based community initiative that was across the government, making sure that faith-based organizations were not discriminated against when it came to partnering for the delivery of social services,” Rothfus said. Rothfus said he worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development before Hurricane Katrina highlighted weaknesses in the federal government’s response to disasters in September 2005. “A number of issues arose with respect to the FEMA’s [Federal Emergency Management Agency] response, including its ability to fully integrate the capacities of faith-based community organizations and relief work, especially those at the ground level,” Rothfus said. “They asked if I would start up an office at the Department, to work with outside groups make sure that folks within the Department understood the proper role of these organizations: how they can help out in disaster relief, for example, and still respect the guidelines of the Constitution.” The history of the Catholic Church in the United States and the work of the people faith to build the nation show the value of faith-based distribution of social services, he said. “There are many people of faith in this country, and you look at the history of the Catholic Church in this country – nuns starting hospitals, nursing homes, schools – this has really been a part of the culture in excess of 150 years. … Not just the Catholic Church but other organizations. Jewish organizations, Lutheran social services, Southern Baptist, Salvation Army, this is part of the fabric of American society,” Rothfus said. “They can be very effective providers of social services, and I think the government can look to organizations such as that to make sure that individuals in need are getting the resources that can help them.” ‘The next generation’s money’ Rothfus ran for office unsuccessfully in 2010, and then executed a successful campaign for the 12th district seat in 2012. His concern for the level of debt taken on by the country during the 2000s drives him to advocate for more frugal fiscal policy, Rothfus said. “I think when you start taking money from the next generation, from our kids and our grandkids, that is a moral issue, actually,” Rothfus said. “I think we need to be very carefully when we’re spending the next generation’s money and making choices for them because they’re going to have to pay all of this back. When the president was elected in 2008 he talked about cutting the deficit in half in four years, but we went through some very tough time since 2008, including a $700 billion TARP [Troubled Asset Relief Program] bailout.” He disapproves of President Obama’s actions during his two tenures in office, Rothfus said. “I did not think that the President would be aggressively spending more money than we were going to take in, but the first thing he did in the first two weeks in his administration was put together an $800 billion stimulus package which was all borrowed from the next generation,” Rothfus said. “I have six kids. I just think it’s wrong to be having that kind of deficit. We’ve seen the national debt go up trillions of dollars over the last five years … I thought we had to say, ‘No, this is not the right way to run an economy.’” ‘At the back of your mind’ A photograph of the golden dome with an American flag in front of it hangs in Rothfus’s office. “You think back to those days that you were there,” Rothfus said. “You think back to your trips down to the Grotto, I was there for law school but I would sneak off and go to Mass at the dorms during the weeks … whenever you go back there, there are certain things that are timeless. “Notre Dame is always there at the back of your mind.” Contact Nicole Michels at [email protected]
Actress Uzo Aduba Running BostonMaybe your latest feat of endurance was a nonstop binge-watch of the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black. If so, here’s a bit of news to make you feel better about yourself. Uzo Aduba, an actress on the show who plays inmate Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, will get a workout for you when she runs the Boston Marathon on April 20. According to Runner’s World, Aduba is running the famed marathon as a member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute charity team. Aduba ran track for Boston University.Grandma Gatewood Celebrated with New DocumentaryThis year marks the 60th anniversary of Emma Gatewood’s thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Better known in the hiking community as Grandma Gatewood, the late trail icon became the first solo woman to hike the entire length of the A.T. in 1955. Her heroic life, which included overcoming serious domestic abuse, was detailed in the recent New York Times bestseller Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail. Another look at Gatewood’s life will come in the upcoming documentary “Trail Magic,” which will debut on select PBS stations in May. Amazingly, Gatewood was 67 when she first hiked the trail. The mother of 11 and grandmother of 23 went on to hike the trail again in 1957 and 1957, which made her the first person to hike the trail three times, according to the Washington Post.
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There were also problems in several counties that caused delays in the processing on Tuesday. In Fulton County, the state’s most populous and home to Atlanta, officials had initially said they hoped to have ballots fully processed on Election Day.But a water pipe break in a room being used by Fulton County to process those ballots disrupted operations Tuesday morning, delaying the counting of an estimated 50,000 ballots.Northwest of Atlanta, in suburban Cobb County, roughly 15,000 absentee ballots had yet to be processed on Wednesday morning, according to the county’s elections and registration director, Janine Eveler. Those should be processed on Wednesday or Thursday, she said.- Advertisement – Additionally, 882 provisional ballots are expected to be processed on Friday, as are ballots cast by uniformed and overseas citizens, and those with missing or mismatched signatures that must be fixed and verified, or “cured by affidavit,” Ms. Eveler said. The counting process can be labor-intensive. Ballots must be manually removed from envelopes by election workers, then placed in scanners for tabulation. In some cases, they require human review for verification.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – With attention focused on Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, about 200,000 ballots remain uncounted, the state’s top election official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, said on Wednesday.Of the remaining ballots, about 70,000 were from Fulton County, home to most of Atlanta, and are believed to favor former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.- Advertisement – A mere 100,000 votes currently separate the two candidates in Georgia, with President. Trump currently leading with 50.5 percent of the vote, or 2.38 million votes.Georgia’s voters were able to submit absentee ballots through drop boxes around the state as late as 7 p.m. Tuesday. After collection, they had to be delivered to elections offices before they could be counted.