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Leeds sees possessions fall

Leeds has seen a 12% fall in possession actions in Q3 2005 compared with the same period in 2004, and a fall of 24% for the year to Q3 compared to the same period last year. This is despite a government report highlighting a 55% rise in actions in Q3.

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The Countryside Agency and English Nature are poised to throw a spanner in the works of deputy prime minister John Prescott’s Sustainable Communities Plan to build millions of affordable homes across the country. The two agencies, soon to merge, are partners in the scheme and are advising the government on the east of England part […]

Lending volumes top 18bn at L&G

The Legal & General Partnership says that since Mortgage Day, it has seen lending volumes of 18.5bn. L&G went through a huge transformation pre-Mortgage Day to ensure its firms had enough compliance support to be able to trade successfully in the regulated environment. A risk-based technology system featured heavily in this, designed to help advisers […]

Huntswood to sponsor FSF regulatory strategy group

Huntswood, the provider of professional services to the retail financial services industry, has announced its sponsorship of the Financial Services Forum’s new regulatory strategy group. The group will focus on the strategic issues and challenges that come with increasing regulation, and is aimed at those who are responsible for their companies regulatory strategy. The group, […]

PMPA escapes heavy fine

The Professional Mortgage Packagers Alliance has avoided criminal charges and a hefty fine after failing to file its annual return. This was due on September 15 after which it had 28 days (until October 13) to file it. Failing to file an annual return is a criminal offence and leaves companies at risk of prosecution […]

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Absence management systems gone AWOL from UK’s SMEs, reports Jelf

A quarter (23 per cent)* of the UK’s small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not have an absence management system in place, according to new research from Jelf Employee Benefits. Despite 69 per cent* of organisations having a system in place, three-quarters (75 per cent) report that it is not providing them with sufficiently empowering absence or health data to inform an effective wellbeing programme.

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