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SPECIAL FEATURE: Time to advise on pensions?

In a letter to the AMI chief executive, the pensions minister asks for reassurance that borrowers saving into a pension will not be advised “inappropriately” by brokers. This puts mortgage brokers in an impossible position.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fixing the UK Housing Market

A series of five articles published in Mortgage Introducer during July and August 2014 discussing the housing problem and how to fix it.

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Special Feature: BoE making the tough decisions

In the aftermath of Governor Carney’s measures to maintain financial stability The Model Works analyses the implications for the market

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Ex-cabinet minister Fox says abolish CGT for up to five years

Speaking to the Institute of Economic Affairs last week, Fox said he would like to see CGT suspended and then ‘reintroduced at a more sensible level’.

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The Elephant in the Room

A year on from the publication of Laying the Foundations: Housing Strategy for England, it is interesting to undertake a forensic analysis of why this government strategy is failing and what can be done to get the initiative back on track.

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We need to talk about housing benefits

Housing benefit hit the headlines again this week with the National Housing Federation’s research that rising private sector rents have forced an additional 417,830 working people to seek Government assistance in just three years.

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86% more UK workers claiming housing benefit

Coalition attempts to slash public sector spending have failed on housing benefit, as 86% more working taxpayers have been claiming housing support since 2009.

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