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Social care progress stifled by minority govt, says ex-MP

The government’s lack of a majority in Commons is impeding progress on social care funding, the chairman of the Equity Release Council has claimed. The former Conservative MP David Burrowes, who chairs the trade body, says he does not expect to see a solution to the funding crisis “anytime soon”. Speaking at today’s inaugural National […]

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Later life advisers urged to “signpost” support services

Later life advisers may be in a prime position to put clients in touch with charities and support groups, according to a leading charity for the elderly. Speaking at the National Later Life Adviser Conference, Silverline’s chief executive Sophie Andrews, highlighted the role mortgage advisers can play in supporting this part of society. She says […]

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New robo-broker Hooski opens for business

A new fee-free online mortgage broker has launched offering a completely digital application process. Hooski describes itself as “a fresh, innovative mortgage platform providing online advice and application for the tech savvy individual on the lookout for simple, stress-free professional guidance and the ability to find the best mortgage solution for their needs… at the […]

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BoE keeps rates on hold for now

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted to keep interest rates on hold at 0.5 per cent, but with an increased number of members calling for a rate rise. Chief economist Andy Haldane has joined those calling for a rise. The BoE revealed that six members voted to keep rates on hold, with […]

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Planning applications fall, despite govt pledge to build more homes

The number of planning applications received – and approved – both fell in the first quarter of this year, according to new figures published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. These figures come despite a public pledge by the government last year to speed up planning decisions and boost the total number […]

NHF hires Kate Henderson as chief executive

The National Housing Federation has appointed Kate Henderson as chief executive to replace David Orr from early October. Henderson is currently the chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association where she has been involved in a number of key campaigns and policy initiatives, most notably around Garden Cities, affordable housing, poverty and climate […]

L&G appoints Marie Catch as head of broker sales

Legal & General Home Finance has appointed Marie Catch as head of mortgage broker sales. In the newly-created role, Catch will be responsible for broadening the lender’s distribution reach and engaging with brokers, including those not already operating in the retirement lending market. Her role will also focus on encouraging brokers to provide a more comprehensive […]

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Residential property transactions flat in May: HMRC

The total number of residential property transactions in May was almost flat compared to the previous month and the same time last year at 99,590, according to HM Revenue & Customs. May’s figure was up by just 0.8 per cent from April and down by 0.5 per cent compared to May 2017, the figures show. […]