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Problem debt and low-income households
In recent years, the debt holdings of households in Great Britain have been a subject of attention and concern amongst policymakers and the general public.
Institute for Fiscal Studies - Posted 16/01/2018

Sixty Icon Quarter of UK's poorest households are getting deeper in debt, IFS warns
Poorest households are spending 25% of monthly income servicing debts as UK borrowing rockets.
The Guardian - Posted 16/01/2018

Post-Christmas debt help sought on 'Blue Monday'
Charities helping people in debt have said they are bracing themselves for their busiest year as people begin receiving their post-Christmas credit card and store card bills.
BBC - Posted 15/01/2018

Sixty Icon Landmark £247m Funding Deal Completes for Select Property Group
Select Property Group has today announced the completion of a landmark residential build to rent funding deal with the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPVF) and consortium of senior lenders: NatWest, Lloyds Bank Commercial Real Estate and Greater Manchester Housing Fund.
Select Property Group - Posted 15/01/2018

Sixty Icon Triple Point Social Housing REIT Buys 10 Properties For GBP11 Million
Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC said Monday that it has acquired 10 supported housing properties located in the UK for GBP10.7 million in total.
Interactive Investor - Posted 15/01/2018

Sixty Icon Cost of living squeeze to ease as inflation starts slow decline
Inflation has now peaked and should start a slow and steady decline, easing the pressure on household finances over the coming years, economists believe.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 15/01/2018

Sixty Icon Property market braces for shockwaves from landmark leasehold case
Appeal court ruling could halve the cost of extending leases or buying freeholds for 2.1m households in England and Wales.
The Guardian - Posted 15/01/2018

Buy-to-let investors: how energy efficiency rules can boost your returns
The landlords of almost 300,000 properties will need to upgrade their energy efficiency by April or face several thousands of pounds in fines.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 14/01/2018

New Year's resolutions: Adults spend £4,600 on reforming personal finances, study finds
Paying off credit card debt and moving house among most pressing concerns, research concludes.
The Independent - Posted 14/01/2018

Sixty Icon UK economy grew at weakest pace in five years in 2017, says new forecast
PwC predictions of 1.8 per cent calendar-year growth would mean smallest expansion since 1.5 per cent rise during 2012.
The Independent - Posted 14/01/2018

Sixty Icon Ground rent: ‘We feel like prisoners in our own home’
High charges have left young homebuyers trapped – and the John Lewis pension fund has been accused of playing a role.
The Guardian - Posted 13/01/2018

Sixty Icon Wealthy homeowners received millions in public money under Government scheme to help first-time buyers
Exclusive: At least £280m in loans likely to have been given to households earning more than £100,000 a year.
The Independent - Posted 13/01/2018

Sixty Icon UK’s largest housing association abandons SHPS
Clarion, the UK’s largest housing association, has left the Social Housing Pensions Scheme (SHPS).
Inside Housing - Posted 12/01/2018

Brokers optimistic about 2018 outlook
Despite the challenges presented by Brexit uncertainty, a downgrading of UK economic growth and a cooling of the residential property market in some areas, most brokers enjoyed a successful 2017 and are positive about the year ahead, according to United Trust Bank.
Financial Reporter - Posted 12/01/2018

Clarion leaves the Social Housing Pension Scheme
Clarion, the UK’s largest housing association, has become the latest employer to leave the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS) by a bulk transfer of assets and liabilities.
24 Housing - Posted 12/01/2018

Sixty Icon Lettings fee ban not likely in England until 2019
Landlords in England are being urged to continue planning for the letting fees ban even although it has been confirmed it won’t be introduced until 2019.
Property Wire - Posted 12/01/2018

Four out of five working people worried about falling real pay – survey
Rising inflation, falling living standards and static pay are fuelling fears, with the RSA calling for a universal basic income.
The Guardian - Posted 12/01/2018

Older homeowners withdrew record £3bn equity in 2017 - but those in the south pay higher rates
Home owners aged 55 or over withdrew an estimated £3bn equity from their properties in 2017, the largest annual borrowing ever recorded.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 12/01/2018

Is this the end of Britain's buy-to-let love affair?
Phil Stewardson and his brother Mark are accidental landlords. "We never intended to grow to the size we are. Our intention was to buy 10 properties as a pension," he says. Now they own 160 homes across the West Midlands and the North West, built up over the last 20 years.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 12/01/2018

Personal debt crisis will not be solved by curbing credit
Her Majesty’s Opposition is very clear that Britain is in the grip of a personal debt crisis. In a series of articles over the Christmas period, John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, warned of an “alarming increase” in UK household debt.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 12/01/2018

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