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Standard Life reports ‘unprecedented’ demand following pension freedoms

Standard Life says it has experienced an “unprecedented level of customer contact” since the introduction of the pension freedoms this week. Despite Monday being a Bank Holiday, the provider says it has taken over 3,000 calls so far. In the same time, nearly 1,000 customers used Standard Life’s website to make a decision on how […]

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Tories pledge to extend Right to Buy

Prime Minister David Cameron will announce today that a Conservative government would extend the Right to Buy programme to 1.3m housing association tenants. Some 500,000 housing association tenants can currently purchase their homes under the existing “Right to Acquire” scheme. The Conservatives would also raise the discount offered to housing association tenants to match the […]

Ambitious landlords fuelling rise in remortgage business

Competitive rates and ambitious landlords are driving a growing focus on remortgaging among buy-to-let lenders, according to experts. Figures issued by broker Mortgages for Business show that 66 per cent of buy-to-let loans were for remortgages in the first quarter of 2015, up from 62 per cent at the end of 2014. Remortgages have now […]

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