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MS readers split on RICS’ move to stall HIPs

The industry is split over whether the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors was right to launch the judicial review that prompted the government to delay the implementation of HIPs.

A slim majority of 52% think RICS was wrong to launch the review.

This week, Mortgage Strategy asks: “Should the government pull the plug on HIPs?” Q: Was the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors right to hold up the introduction of HIPs?

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WAY warns on IHT rules abroad

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Pension Wise — now taking calls…

Those with decent-length memories will recall that in the 2014 Budget statement George Osborne announced the new (and entirely unexpected) pension freedoms. The new rules come fully into force in less than two weeks.

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