Council leaders have written to the chancellor calling for VAT to be slashed on long-term empty homes to bring the estimated 300,000 properties back into use. The Local Government Association wants the standard rate of VAT brought down to 5 per cent on the refurbishment of homes empty for
The Local Government Association (LGA) has compiled a list of 200 words and phrases it has banned so that staff can ‘communicate effectively’. The list includes ‘predictors of beaconicity’, ‘re-baselining’ and ‘benchmarking’. LGA chairperson Margaret Eaton said the public sector must not hide behind impenetrable jargon.
MPs investigating the banking crisis are to examine mortgage arrears and repossessions. The Treasury committee announced yesterday that it would open a short investigation into households which were struggling with arrears or at risk of repossession. The committee will look at the number of homeowners in arrears, the type
Conservative councils are less likely to grant planning permission for new homes than other local authorities, according to research by McGrigors, the commercial law firm. The gap is not large 63 per cent of applications were approved by Tory-controlled councils compared with 69 per cent