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Government on the wrong track with planning policy

In the September 12 issue of Mortgage Strategy Jason Orme wrote an article on foreign housing models and their relevance to the UK and I took issue with a lot of what he had to say. House builders are sitting on land with planning consent for around 200,000 houses and flats, which they are not […]

Next Intelligence unveils life protection panel

Next Intelligence has launched a life protection panel for the directly authorised market. The panel comprises Bright Grey, Friends Life, Legal &General and Pru Protect.

MARK BLACKWELL, Managing director, xit2

Lenders must lead fraud defence

The only way lenders can combat fraud in the conveyancing market is to set up their own control system. Web-based data checks, information sharing and visits to premises would allow them to vet, approve and moniter conveyancers and restore trust in the process


Negative equity still on the prowl

Despite optimistic talk of a reviving housing market, the shadow of negative equity still hangs over thousands of home owners. So lenders need to understand the dynamics of price changes when planning lending strategies so they can help clients in this situation, not hinder them

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Fit for Work: guidance for employers published

On Friday, the Department for Work and Pensions published its guidance for employers on using the new Fit for Work (FfW) service to help ill employees return to the workplace. It also includes more details on the tax exemption for medical interventions that commenced on 1 January 2015.


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