A campaign to build 10,000 affordable homes for rent has been launched in Scotland to boost the economy and meet the demand for cheap housing. The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is backing the campaign. It said this year would provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to ‘build
Immigration minister Phil Woolas has attacked lawyers and charities working on behalf of asylum seekers, accusing them of undermining the law and ‘playing the system’. Woolas described the legal professionals and NGO workers as ‘an industry’, and said most asylum seekers were not fleeing persecution but were economic migrants.
Yesterday’s interest rate cut to its lowest level on record will deter savers from depositing money and further undermine the economy, some analysts are arguing. As two-thirds of savings accounts will now pay less than 1 per cent interest, banks will be denied the flow of deposits needed to
A zero carbon eco-house has been built based on design from the Middle Ages. The framework uses timbrel vaulting, a medieval technique from 14th century Spain, that creates a lightweight curved roof which retains heat. The roof has been covered with earth and plants, to maintain the inside temperature.
Housing associations who inherited council housing have been ‘highly successful’ in delivering improvements to tenants, new research by the Joseph Rowntree Association has found. More than one million tenants have switched from local authority to housing association tenancies during the 20 years stock transfers have taken place and the
GET READY to leave the country. Apparently, the government is planning a council tax revaluation. Shockingly, valuers will find out how much a home is really worth and tax it accordingly. According to the Mail on Sunday yesterday: ‘Ministers have purchased sophisticated ‘Big Brother’ computer systems which calculate the desirability
Communities and Local Government has confirmed that proposed legislation on home information packs (Hips) due to come into effect from 6 April will go ahead. The main change is that the temporary first day marketing exemption will be removed, meaning that a Hip must be available on the first
A new British bill of rights was outlined in a Green Paper in parliament yesterday. It will enshrine entitlements to welfare, equal treatment, housing, children’s well-being and the NHS, according to justice minister Jack Straw. However, critics were divided about its likely impact in strengthening rights or if it
An increasing number of wealthier homeowners are seeking debt help as the rise in unemployment and falling property prices puts pressure on household budgets, the Consumer Credit Counselling Service said. Its research shows 12 per cent of clients had a net household income of more than £30,000 last year