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Flood defences

The Environment Agency says millions of UK homes are at risk of flooding. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors supports the idea of encouraging home owners to minimise damage in the event of a flood. Tight resources mean proper maintenance of flood defences by the Agency are under threat. RICS believes there should be an overarching body for water management.

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e.surv reports rise in market activity

e.surv has reported that September saw the highest volumes of instructions for the last 12 months. Richard Sexton, business development director at e.surv says: Whilst numbers of instructions from intermediaries have fallen as a result of a period of consolidation following M-Day, direct lender instructions have more than compensated for this and we are very […]

Mutuals lower minimum balance criteria

During the last few weeks, a number of building societies have drastically reduced the minimum opening balance required to open some of their accounts.Rachel Thrussell, head of savings at Moneyfacts.co.uk, says: The savings market has become increasingly competitive over the last couple of years, and even more so recently with some of the high street […]

Sir Stern to review the economics of climate change

The Chancellor announced on July 19 2005 that he had asked Sir Nicholas Stern to lead a major review of the economics of climate change, to understand more comprehensively the nature of the economic challenges and how they can be met, in the UK and globally.The Terms of Reference for the review have now been […]

Nationwide increases premiums on MPPI

Nationwide has today increased the premiums on its Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance. For 12 months cover, accident, sickness and unemployment has increased from 5.39, to 5.89, accident and sickness has increased from 2.79 to 3.29, and unemployment has increased from 3.66 to 4.19 per 100 insured. For 24 months cover, accident sickness and unemployment has […]

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