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Deputy Prime Minister to consult on increasing the supply and affordability of homes

The Barker review published this morning revealed that the supply of new homes is considerably behind demand, and says that the number of houses being built in Britain must rise substantially if house price inflation is to be reduced and the number of affordable houses is to be increased.

Chancellor Gordon Brown said the Deputy Prime Minister would consult on increasing the supply and affordability of homes, and on how to strike a balance between economic and social development and environmental needs.


Extra tall story

Who gives you extra? The Halifax&#39s Howard, of course. The Diary was not surprised to learn that life-sized cardboard cutouts of the all-singing all-dancing Howard have been going walkabout from branches clutched to the breasts of middleaged women. After all, he is pretty dashing. But the latest development in the Howard fan club saga is […]

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Provision gap is widening

Swiss Re Life and Health technical manager Ron Wheatcroft says the income protection gap is widening. Following a speech at last week&#39s Health Insurance conference in London in which Wheatcroft focused on the protection gap and the need for “joined-up regulatory thinking”, he says in 2002 the income protection gap was around £130bn of annual […]

James Hay Consultancy says it will bear cost of pensions changes

James Hay Consultancy says it will make all necessary changes to small self-administered scheme documentation for schemes established between January 2004 and April 2005 to bring them into line with the proposed new rules without any additional charge. James Hay Consultancy director of consultancy David Seaton says: “This guarantee offers customers the best of both […]

European Opportunities: 'It’s nice when stock selection results in a macro tailwind'

Amid significant macro headwinds in August, Mark Page explains why his fund’s focus on stock selection has helped it outperform a falling market in August. BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy


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