Deprived neighbourhoods get lower standards of street cleaning and refuse collection than more affluent areas, research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reveals.This is in spite of the greater range and severity of problems they face, particularly with graffiti, litter, fly-tipping and poorly maintained public spaces. A study by the University of Glasgow found environmental services staff working in deprived neighbourhoods were overwhelmed by high levels of litter, undermining the quality of their work. By contrast, in neighbourhoods with fewer problems, staff were better able to work effectively. But Annette Hastings, co-author of the report, says: “Dirty streets can be fixed more easily than other problems. Services must be designed to meet the needs of deprived neighbourhoods.”
CACI is offering financial services institutions the chance to access intelligence on mortgages, savings and current accounts via the internet. The online service replicates the data available through CACI’s established market databases.
eMoneyfacts has announced that it has linked its Mortgage Search with Plum Software, an independent software house for financial advisers and mortgage brokers.eMoneyfacts is the adviser portal offered free to all Moneyfacts and Business Moneyfacts subscribers. The site includes whole of market mortgage sourcing, ePages, constantly updated versions of Moneyfacts magazine pages, a mortgage hub, […]
Yvette Cooper, housing minister, has defended Home Information Packs as good for consumers as the government published draft regulations for consultation of the contends of the packs. Cooper says that HIPs, which are being introduced by the government in February 2007, will benefit first-time buyers and aim to cut the overall costs of buying and […]
A broker has called on the Financial Services Authority to examine lender service levels. The source, who asked to remain nameless, contacted Mortgage Strategy after he was told on two occasions by Northern Rock that his client’s loan had been agreed, only to told in subsequent phone calls that it hadn’t. Though the Key Facts […]
Jamie Clark – Business Development Manager, Royal London Further to its investigation into the collapse of BHS and the impact on its pension scheme, the Work and Pensions Select Committee sets out its recommendation for defined benefits (DB) schemes going forward. We take a look at the main findings. Not all employers are naughty The report […]
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