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BUDGET 2008: Darling reveals affordable housing scheme

Chancellor Alistair Darling has revealed a plan to spend £8bn more on affordable and social housing.

He says this will allow the Housing Corporation to deliver 70,000 homes each year in three years time.

He also revealed a plan to help key workers such as nurses and teachers onto the housing ladder.

Darling says there will be new shared equity schemes for these workers.


Computers sometimes make decisions that make no sense

While I agree with Stephen Knight that I would not wish to go back to the bad old days of 100% paper applications, two simple examples will illustrate that computers do not always make the best decisions.

Primrose offers brokers Evaluate software

Primrose Premier, the packaging arm of Premier Network Group, is offering all brokers access to Evaluate specialist sourcing software. Evaluate delivers a range of benefits for those advisers sourcing sub-prime products, including multiple lender options, comparison matrix search returns and online key facts information requests and application options.PP is available to all non-tied brokers as […]

AMI welcomes BoE loan facility

The Association of Mortgage Intermediaries has welcomed the Bank of England’s move to extend its loan facility.AMI believes the £10bn offer of three-month loans against a wider than usual range of collateral may help to alleviate current problems in the banking industry.Richard Farr, director of AMI, says: “Although not a long-term solution to the liquidity […]

We did not cry crocodile tears over LMS’ demise

In response to Chris Gardner’s recent letter, I’d like Mortgage Strategy readers to know that KGB Packaging has delivered genuine benefits to the brokers who approached us for help follow-ing the collapse of LMS Packaging.

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Guide: how to… communicate with your pension members

Effective communication of your pension scheme is a large part of getting auto-enrolment right. Delivering the same message to all employees is not necessarily the way to go. To assist you with the communication of your pension scheme, we have provided some key areas to think about, such as:

  • What to consider when segmenting your workforce
  • How to communicate to pension scheme members at the right time in their member lifecycle
  • What topics you should be discussing with your pension members
  • The new pension freedoms and the importance of communicating them


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