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Small deposit home buyers get another boost as now Barclays joins Help to Buy but rates still top 5%
Barclays has become the latest lender to join the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, giving borrowers the option to fix their home loan for three years.
Mail Online - Posted 19/01/2014

Sixty Icon The 43 areas where homes cost £1 million
New report shows how average house prices in England and Wales have broken through the £1 million barrier in 43 different areas.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 19/01/2014

Sixty Icon Benefits claimants are shortchanged by £5bn a year, says thinktank
One million people a year do not receive full housing benefit, rebutting argument that they are being overindulged.
The Guardian - Posted 19/01/2014

Help to Buy lenders launch mortgage price war
Borrowers wanting a 95% mortgage are benefiting from greater competition, as Barclays becomes the latest to enter the market.
The Guardian - Posted 19/01/2014

Record number of homeless people turned to Crisis at Christmas
Charity helped more than 4,500, the most in its 40-year history.
The Guardian - Posted 19/01/2014

British renters now paying £854 a month
The average British tenant now pays £854 a month in rent but the upward trajectory of charges could be slowing, according to two surveys.
Inside Housing - Posted 18/01/2014

Sixty Icon Regaining possession where tenants are in arrears
Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action and Tim Briggs of LegalMentor provide their expert opinions on best practice for regaining possession in England and Wales where tenants are in arrears.
National Landlords Association - Posted 17/01/2014

Fraud expert talks up big data as government reveals £2.8 billion losses
With official figures revealing that benefit fraud and claimant error overpayments totalled £2.8 billion in 2013, a fraud expert has outlined how big data can enable public sector organisations to enforce a zero tolerance approach.
24 Housing - Posted 17/01/2014

HCA updates its approach to regulation and viability
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has published updated guidance outlining its approach to regulation, reflecting the changing environment and increased level of risk that registered providers now face.
Housing - Posted 17/01/2014

Economy at risk without extra flood repair funding, say councils
The bill to repair the damage and clean up after the recent floods may threaten economic recovery and growth, councils have warned, unless the Government steps in with help to meet the costs.
Housing - Posted 17/01/2014

A minimum wage increase is long overdue
George Osborne’s comments this evening that he wants to see an above-inflation increase in the minimum wage are long overdue.
Left Foot Forward - Posted 17/01/2014

'Minimum wage can rise to £7': George Osborne says it is time workers 'enjoy the fruits' of the recovery
Chancellor sets out sharp rise worth £1,220-a-year to full-time workers.
Mail Online - Posted 17/01/2014

Rent rises slowing as Help to Buy prompts rush on to property ladder - but London rents still surged 4% in 2013
Annual rent rises have halved over the last year as more tenants have found it easier to make the jump onto the property ladder, a major lettings network said today.
Mail Online - Posted 17/01/2014

Festive house-hunting sees 20% increase in people looking for a home
New data from Rightmove reveals a 20% increase in people looking for their dream home between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day compared with 2012.
Rightmoveblog - Posted 17/01/2014

Minimum wage to rise by 11pc
Business warns Osborne’s move could jeopardise the recovery.
City A.M. - Posted 17/01/2014

Care homes deprive older people of their freedom
The number of applications made to deprive older people of their liberty has soared over the last few years, a new report shows.
Age UK - Posted 17/01/2014

Would you pass a mortgage stress test? New checks on home loan applications that probe your income and outgoings loom
Mortgage lenders will ban potential borrowers from taking loans unless they can show how they could afford to repay them when interest rates rise, under strict rules set to come into force within months.
Mail Online - Posted 17/01/2014

Inflation ebbs but Carney must watch housing market
You wouldn’t bet against Warren Buffett on many things — he is worth more than $50 billion for a reason.
London Evening Standard - Posted 17/01/2014

Sixty Icon £950k for this modest Sixties box? Well, it is Highgate Village
Even the most effusive of estate agents would struggle to call this house attractive. It doesn’t have a lawn, a garage or even a driveway to redeem it, and the inside is best described as modest.
London Evening Standard - Posted 17/01/2014

Sixty Icon Number of people who own their own home is lowest for a generation
Housing nightmare for Prime Minister David Cameron as buyer dip is at its worst for the last 30 years.
Mirror co uk - Posted 17/01/2014

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