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Talking about community action

Ministers from 29 European countries convened in Bristol last week to discuss the creation of sustainable communities.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott hosted the two-day meeting of EU ministers, with Danuta Hubner, the European commissioner for regional policy, Peter Sedgwick, the vice=president of the European Investment Bank, and representatives of the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions in attendance.


Busy time for the politics of housing

David Cameron stormed to victory in the Tory leadership race last week so I thought I’d cast my eye over the politics of housing.<

Skipton unveils fix

Skipton has launched a three-year fixed rate mortgage at 3.99% – equivalent to initial monthly payments of just 528 for a 100,000 repayment mortgage over a 25-year term. Jennifer Holloway, head of media relations at Skipton, says: “Feedback from our branches and brokers is that fixed rate mortgages are still the loan of choice for […]

Principality’s Griffiths to climbe Kilimanjaro

Peter Griffiths, chief executive of Principality, will be attempting to climb to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in the New Year to raise 20,000 for the NSPCC in Wales.The five-day gruelling 20,000ft assent to the peak of the worlds tallest free standing mountain will start on January 13, with the last leg starting at 2am […]

Most brokers disillusioned with regulation

Most brokers are disillusioned with mortgage regulation and many are cautious about using some of the newer lenders, says Henry Samuels Marketing Services. These findings come from the Mortgage Intermediaries – One Year After Regulation report, based on research conducted among intermediaries about their experiences since Mortgage Day. The report found that most intermediaries are […]

Frexit & contagion risk in Europe

Many commentators have suggested that the UK’s exit from the European Union will trigger a domino effect, leading to its eventual break-up. Neptune’s Rob Burnett discusses the likelihood of this happening. Read more: Important information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating and past performance is not a guide for future […]


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