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Government should encourage reuse of empty homes says Halifax

More than 90 per cent of people want the Government to actively reduce the number of empty houses in the UK, according to the latest Halifax survey.

The report shows nine out of ten people surveyed (91 per cent) want to see the number of empty homes reduced and 82 per cent want the Government to establish a housing market renewal fund to help with repairing empty or uninhabitable properties.

Halifax head of mortgages Phil Jenks says: “Re-introducing empty homes into the UK housing stock is certainly part of a solution to address the current shortage of housing – predicted to be a chronic shortfall of some 500,000 homes by the year 2020.”


Critical business is booming

Despite the turbulence caused by product providers withdrawing guarantees and raising premiums, individual critical-illness insurance sales had a bumper 2002, growing by 34 per cent, according to Swiss Re&#39s term & health watch report.The benchmark analysis of the life and protection market for the last 12 months reveals that, as well as the boost in […]

Is final whistle about to blow?

Last week, I introduced the latest Inland Revenue contribution to the debate on the tax treatment of dividends received by non-working or insufficiently working spouses and partnership profits received by similarly non- or insufficiently working partners, usually spouses. I would like to look at examples given of where amounts received by the non-worker could, in […]

ScotProv warns SMEs on need for protection

Small to medium-sized businesses are overlooking the need for protection insurance at their peril as they would be most damaged by the loss of a key employee, Scottish Provident has warned.The company says there is a definite need for SMEs to take protection such as keyperson or employer liability insurance more seriously.More companies are making […]

HSBC in multi-tie deal with fund firms

HSBC has become the first major high-street bank to strike a multi-tie agreement with UK fund firms in a deal including Fidelity, Schroders and Gartmore.It says it will offer branch-based advice on a wide range of funds from five groups, including Invesco Perpetual and JP Morgan Fleming, as soon as the FSA&#39s depolarisation proposals come […]


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