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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

The Liberal Democrats is to announce plans to give local authorities power to double council tax on second homes. The announcement comes as part of a “Countryside Charter” unveiled today in Cornwall by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems hope that by allowing councils to charge up to 200 per cent council tax, […]

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FOS upholds four Harlequin complaints against advice firms

The Financial Ombudsman Service has upheld four complaints regarding Harlequin investments against advice firms since the beginning of the year. The Harlequin group of companies marketed and built overseas luxury property developments, and is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. In a decision against West Sussed-based IFA Regency Financial Resources, the FOS ruled the […]

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Nick Bamford: Time for a systems and processes check up

Good advisory businesses typically operate with consistent systems and processes that enable them to produce bespoke outcomes for clients. Starting from scratch each time to deliver advice and allowing individuals in the firm to be left to their own devices to determine how to deliver such advice seems like a recipe for disaster. In light […]

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