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Treasury refuses FoI request

The Treasury has refused a freedom of information request from the IFA Defence Union to publish a recent letter from Tony Blair to its chairman, Sir Callum McCarthy, claiming it could damage the relationship between the regulator and Government. Mr Blair was responding to an angry letter from the FSA chairman criticising his comments in May that the regulator was seen as hugely inhibiting of efficient business.

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A&L introduces greater lending flexibility

Alliance & Leicester Mortgages introduces greater lending flexibility, moving away from traditional income multiples to assess how much a customer can borrow.Maximum loan amounts are now based on individual financial circumstances and brokers can confirm maximum loan amount for clients.This will particularly help those with higher disposable incomes and first time buyers.The move is supported […]

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