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Sixty Icon Over-50s cashed in £1BN from their properties in 2013, with homeowners using equity release to delay interest-only reckoning
The amount of cash released from properties through 'lifetime mortgages' broke the £1billion barrier in 2013 - with some homeowners using equity release to clear interest-only loans they cannot pacy back.
Mail Online - Posted 20/01/2014

New year, new house price boom as January brings record rises: Demand, Help to Buy scheme and lack of properties push asking prices higher
House prices have soared by record levels this month, adding to fears of a fresh property bubble.
Mail Online - Posted 20/01/2014

Nuisance calls are out of control, says charity
Two million nuisance calls and texts are made every day, according to government figures.
The Independent - Posted 20/01/2014

What's on in the housing sector this week
A round-up of what’s on in the housing sector this week - Monday 20th to Friday 24th January.
Inside Housing - Posted 20/01/2014

Property news roundup: Annual rent rises halved in 2013
Plus, the rise of the first time buyer, the importance of smell, and Generation Rent.
The Independent - Posted 19/01/2014

Long-term youth unemployment at its highest level since John Major was Prime Minister
New figures show 282,000 under-25s have been jobless for a year or more - the highest level since 1993.
Mirror co uk - Posted 19/01/2014

Christmas debt will last all year for UK's low paid workers - shocking survey reveals
The research, conducted by Unison to mark Debt Awareness Week, revealed that 67% of the 1,000 members polled had already cut back on food and drink.
Mirror co uk - Posted 19/01/2014

Sixty Icon Housebuilding giants are cashing in, but small builders are starved of funding in the Help to Buy boom?
Britain's army of small builders is facing a major funding crisis that is threatening the economic recovery and hitting hopes of delivering all the new homes the country desperately needs.
Mail Online - Posted 19/01/2014

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

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