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New housing minister imminent as Gavin Barwell loses seat


Conservative housing minister Gavin Barwell has lost his seat to Labour.

Barwell previously held the Croydon Central seat, which was won by Labour candidate Sarah Jones.

He was elected as an MP in May 2010 with a majority of just 165.

He was beaten last night by 6,652 votes.

Barwell held the role of housing minister since Theresa May became Prime Minister last summer.


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Government needs to support SME housebuilder lending: IMLA

The mortgage market wants the Government to better support lending to SME housebuilders, according to the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association. IMLA research says 61 per cent of lenders and 57 per cent of brokers feel more state support for development finance would help address the lack of housing supply. The trade body is urging policymakers […]

Paul Nye

Nye: Government schemes need simplification

Government-supported saving schemes such as the Lifetime Isa are welcome, but the range is in dire need of simplification For first-time buyers and their advisers, the world of mortgages and home-ownership has got a bit more complicated this month with the launch of the Lifetime Isa. Mortgage Strategy recently ran a piece on how the […]


Government signals delay to MPAA changes and dividend allowance cut

The Government looks set to delay a raft of key reforms including the reduction in the money purchase annual allowance, pensions advice allowance and tax-free dividend allowance cut. In a House of Commons session on amendments to the Finance Bill which would have introduced the cut, the Government has signalled its intention to oppose clause […]


Pension over-taxing

800,000 people are at risk of being over-taxed on their pensions, writes Steve Webb, director of policy at Royal London Hundreds of thousands of people receiving company and personal pensions should check their tax code to make sure that they are not being over-taxed, according to a leading pensions firm. Mutual insurer Royal London has […]


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