Some of the country’s biggest housing associations are attempting to revive the housebuilding sector as the credit crunch bites into their funding. Associations forced to cut back on development programmes for rented homes want a new ‘intermediate’ form of tenure introduced, with varying rents for people on a rangeRead More →

The lobbying campaign for reform of stamp duty is gathering pace ahead of the pre-Budget report in November. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) published figures today showing that the proportion of first-time buyers paying stamp duty has risen from 48% to 56% in the last year. The CMLRead More →

The number of mortgages approved for house purchases rose slightly in January, but the level of lending continued to fall, figures from the British Bankers’ Association showed. The number of mortgages approved during January was at the highest level for four months, but in year-on-year figures there was aRead More →

Figures published by the Department of Health revealing the state of the country’s health shows that the proportion of children in poverty (both before and after housing costs) has fallen since 1997/98, although it has risen slightly since 2004/5. Meanwhile the number of homeless households living in temporary accommodationRead More →