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Brown’s zero carbon Stamp Duty exemption is an “empty pledge”

SmartNewHomes calls Brown’s pledge to exempt zero carbon homes under £500,000 from Stamp Duty an “empty pledge”.

David Bexon, managing director of, says: “I welcome any initiative that aims to cut carbon emissions and encourage the future development of zero carbon homes across the UK.

“However, I fear that Government’s latest pledge of Stamp Duty exemption is nothing more than an empty gesture if earlier admissions from the Treasury are true, that there are currently only 24 carbon zero homes in the UK.”


Brown plans funding to boost home insulation

Chancellor Gordon Brown has pledged to help fund the insulation of two million UK homes by 2008 in an attempt to slash the country’s carbon emissions. In a speech to environmental org-anisation The Green Alliance, the chancellor outlined his ambition to make every British home carbon- neutral over the next decade, wherever it is practical […]

Call centres’ passage back from India

What have Powergen, Norwich Union and Lloyds TSB got in common? The answer is that they have all fallen out of love with Indian call centres.

HIPs have cost 11m so far

Last week, the government revealed that preparation for the launch of Home Information Packs has already cost over 11m in administration, legal and consultation fees.

US sub-prime giant is brought low

The New York Stock Exchange delisted ailing mortgage giant New Century Financial Corporation, the second largest funder of sub-prime loans in the US, last week.

What triggers the MPAA?

Jim Grant – Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst There’s sometimes confusion around what triggers the money purchase annual allowance. Find out what does and what doesn’t trigger the MPAA. The money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) is a reduced annual allowance that can apply to contributions to defined contribution (DC) schemes. The following table […]


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