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Pre-Budget 2005: Brown launches planning gains tax

Gordon Brown has unveiled a local planning gains supplement to give local authorities a fair share of planning gains to invest locally.

The Government is also encouraging LAs to bring derelict sites back into use.


Brunig sets up HIP provider for the independent market

Peter Bruning, who resigned as chairman of SecureMove in June, has revealed to Mortgage Strategy he is launching an alternative Home Information Pack provider to cater for the independent market.

RBS creates single intermediary channel

Royal Bank of Scotland is to create a single intermediary channel for all its mortgage products under the banner of RBS Intermediary Partners. The move follows consultation with existing intermediaries and reflects their desire for a single point of entry to the Group for all the RBS mortgage brands – The One account, First Active, […]

Home owners don’t know what a tracker is

Over 8.4 million home owners in the UK do not understand how a tracker mortgage affects monthly payments, research from Alliance & Leicester Mortgages reveals. And only 34% know the interest rate on a tracker mortgage is linked to the Bank of England base rate. Almost one in five think trackers mean monthly payments are […]


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