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Barker review hollow without action

Online new homes specialist, has warned that unless the government takes action to translate the recommendations from the Barker review into government policy, the report amounts to nothing more than hot air.

Academic Kate Barker has reviewed housing supply and established the need for up to 120,000 new homes each year in Britain in order to stabilise house price rises and reduce problems of homelessness, affordability and social division.

However, chief executive David Bexon says: “There remains a reluctance amongst local authorities to move development applications through the system effectively, largely because they are hampered by the current planning system.

“The calls for house builders to demonstrate a willingness and capability to respond to the recommendations are already being addressed but there needs to be progressive steps to enable this to happen.”


Pink offers second regulation guide for intermediaries

Pink Home Loans has published a follow up guide to its initial regulation booklet entitled The Road to Regulation, aimed at supporting intermediaries.Called The Road Ahead, it outlines the main issues intermediaries need to consider when deciding on their regulatory future.Marketing manager Mark Howell says: “The first guide was very well received within the industry […]

Eagle Star cuts annual bonuses

Eagle Star is scrapping the reversionary bonuses on its conventional with-profits pension policies this year, Zurich has announced.But the company will pay a reversionary bonuses of 0.25 per cent for conventional with-profits life policies. Eagle Star&#39s new annual bonus rate for its series 5 unitised with-profits fund is 1 per cent for life policies and […]

Pensions limit increased to £1.8m by 2010 – A-day put back to 2006

Chancellor Gordon Brown says the lifetime limit for pension saving will be increased from £1.4m to £1.5m in its first year of operation and rising to £1.8m in 2010. The Chancellor says the new pensions regime will come in in April 2006 and not April 2005 as previously planned.

Abbey to launch 15 year fixed rate mortgage

Abbey is launching a 15 year fixed rate mortgage at 5.74 per cent later this week. The product is available for movers and remortgage as well as house purchase and first time buyers can opt for free valuation and free legals at the slightly higher rate of 5.79 per cent.


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