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Call for empty homes to be brought back into use

More than 80,000 empty homes in the South-East could help tackle the region’s housing shortage if they were brought back into use, according to Henry Oliver, policy adviser at the Empty Homes Agency.

In an address the Chartered Institute of Housing’s South-East Conference held in Brighton last month, Oliver said the re-use of empty homes should be a priority and called for local authorities to be monitored on their performance in this regard. Recycling empty homes can not only protect the historical and cultural fabric of communities butaccording to Graham Bell, vice-president of the Town and Country Planning Association, it’s a green option too.

Speaking at the conference, Bell revealed that recycling old building produces only 15% of the carbon emissions of building new homes.


Broker accuses Halifax of breaking agreement

Halifax is under fire from a broker who claims it reneged on an informal agreement with him over customer retention.Danny Lovey, proprietor of The Mortgage Practitioner, claims he made a verbal agreement with Halifax two years ago whereby the lender agreed not to contact his clients about remortgage deals in the six-week period before their […]

What to look for in back office systems

In recent years lenders have made massive strides with their online technology, including decision in principle, application submission and 24-hour case tracking tools. At the same time consumers are increasingly using the internet to shop and transact business.

Let’s hope stability holds up

David Smith, economics editor of the Sunday Times, says the UK’s challenge is to avoid getting into a US-style situation as the housing market enters an era of uncertainty with a nationalised mortgage lender


Guide: day-to-day tasks ​— can your system manage?

This guide from Johnson Fleming will take you through the required communication and also give ideas for additional actions that will ensure your auto-enrolment project is a success. As well as highlighting what is required from a system to ensure it is up to the tasks, an overview of the following is also provided: data validation; data categorisation; employee communication; opt-in process; opt-out process; produce contribution schedule; contribution reconciliation process; upload of member data to pension provider; upload contribution to pension provider; manage salary sacrifice process; enrolment process; re-enrolment process; and management of increased employee queries.


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