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A boost for social housing

The Home Builders Federation says it supports the rescue plan as a tool for advancing investment in social housing but action is still needed to address funding constraints.

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TMW to allow online portfolio B2L applications

The Mortgage Works is to bolster its online proposition by allowing brokers to input details of portfolio buy-to-let applications for the first time.The service will go live next week, allowing brokers to enter the details of up to two joint applicants and five properties to be mortgaged electronically, as well as capture the details of […]

FSA censures Coventry broker

The Financial Services Authority has censured Mohammed Habib for failing to ensure his customers received suitable advice.

Jupp smash

Rob Jupp, managing director of Personal Touch Packaging, has finally settled on a name for the merry band of industry professionals participating in the Berlin Marathon on September 28. As nominated by Kevin Pat-erson, the name Jupp has opted for is The Lean Green Mortgage Machine. Mole is unsure about the ‘green’ part of thename but assumes it is something of an homage to Marvel anti-hero The Incred- ible Hulk.

Overhaul Stamp Duty, say experts

Industry figures have called for a root and branch reform of Stamp Duty in response to the government’s tax holiday for properties valued at £175,000 and below.Last week Prime Minister Gordon Brown unveiled his mortgage rescue plan, which included a £50,000 increase in the Stamp Duty threshold for 12 months from September 3.But the Association […]

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The Budget 2015: a brief overview

Following George Osborne’s delivery of his sixth Budget as chancellor and the last of this current parliament, we have provided a brief overview of the initiatives put forward in his statement, focusing on the topics that have an impact upon the pensions landscape, savings, personal taxation and businesses.

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