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Inspector Morse effect boosts prices in Oxford

House prices in Oxford have outstripped the regional and national average since the television series Inspector Morse first aired 20 years ago, research reveals.

The research by Halifax shows the average house price in Oxford is now 304,467 – an increase of 388% compared with the average figure of 62,444 in 1986, the year before Inspector Morse first reached our screens.

Over the same period, house prices in the rest of the country increased by 348% to 179,601.

Martin Ellis, chief economist at Halifax, says: “The premium between house prices in Oxford and the UK average has increa-sed over the 20 years since Inspector Morse first appeared on the TV.

“The average price in Oxford is now 70% above the national average, compared with 56% back in 1986.”



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Guide: how to… communicate with your pension members

Effective communication of your pension scheme is a large part of getting auto-enrolment right. Delivering the same message to all employees is not necessarily the way to go. To assist you with the communication of your pension scheme, we have provided some key areas to think about, such as:

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