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Our own report sent to new high level review of the Private Rental Sector

Our own report sent to new high level review of the Private Rental Sector

29/03/2017

The comprehensive report written by Dr Rosalind Beck: Section 24 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 2015: “the unjust legislation that will make the UK housing crisis much worse.” Has been sent to The Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York which will be carrying out a review of the PRS led by… Read more


Philip Hammond is prepared to U-turn – Now put the pressure on to reverse Section 24!

Philip Hammond is prepared to U-turn – Now put the pressure on to reverse Section 24!

15/03/2017

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, wrote that it is important to keep to the letter and spirit of the Manifesto and today announce a U-turn on the increase of Class 4 National Insurance Contributions in his budget last week. Now we have to get the occupants in Number 10 and Number 11 to reverse… Read more


Broken Manifesto promises

Broken Manifesto promises

11/03/2017

The 2015 Conservative manifesto included the following pledge: “We will commit to no increases in VAT, National Insurance contributions or Income Tax”.  To see a copy click here Not everyone read it at the time, but very few people could have avoided seeing David Cameron on television on 29 April 2015 pledging that there would… Read more


Chancellor slammed for undermining efforts to solve housing crisis in Scotland

Chancellor slammed for undermining efforts to solve housing crisis in Scotland

10/03/2017

Scotland’s largest membership organisation for landlords has strongly criticised UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond MP, for not reversing tax changes which will result in a reduced supply of affordable housing in Scotland. Landlords had called on the UK Government to reverse tax changes brought in by his predecessor which will see landlords taxed… Read more


Similar tax for similar incomes

Similar tax for similar incomes

08/03/2017

Philip Hammond stated in the Budget: ‘A fair system will also ensure fairness between individuals so that people doing similar work for similar wages and enjoying similar state benefits pay similar levels of tax.’ I was very pleased to see this basic principle affirmed by the Chancellor as, logically,  he will now have to reverse… Read more


Kate Faulkner’s report into the English Housing Survey points to discrepancy with Housing White Paper

Kate Faulkner’s report into the English Housing Survey points to discrepancy with Housing White Paper

07/03/2017

The English Housing Survey (EHS) is a continuous national survey commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). It collects information about people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England. The survey includes two parts; a household interview and a physical inspection of a sub sample of the… Read more


Jacob Rees-Mogg recognises damage done by the Treasury

Jacob Rees-Mogg recognises damage done by the Treasury

23/02/2017

It is now clear that the Treasury, under George Osborne’s stewardship, made some catastrophically bad decisions with the twin aims of courting popular opinion by appearing to go for the ‘nobs’ and also of raising money towards his manic deficit reduction quest. As part of this he imposed a large extra burden of stamp duty… Read more


Meet The Housing Minister – Tell Him What You Think

Meet The Housing Minister – Tell Him What You Think

16/02/2017

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell is about to go on a tour of the UK to discuss Housing from 20th February to 6th March. Is there a message you would like to give him? As you know, the Government has published a housing White Paper, ‘Fixing Our Broken Housing Market’, setting out our strategy to build… Read more


Gavin Barwell confirms longer tenancies will not apply to BTL

Gavin Barwell confirms longer tenancies will not apply to BTL

10/02/2017

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell has cleared up confusion caused by the recent Housing White Paper, which called for ‘family friendly’ three year guaranteed tenancies to be offered to tenants in an effort to increase stability and security for those families that want it. Barwell told Inside Housing that government calls for longer tenancies will be… Read more


Lobby your MP Saturday James Gray tells the RLA

Lobby your MP Saturday James Gray tells the RLA

10/02/2017

Tory Member of Parliament for North Wiltshire James Gray has urged landlords in an interview with the RLA to lobby their constituency MPs against Section 24 mortgage interest relief changes on a Saturday. Apparently Saturday is traditionally the day most MPs hold their constituency surgeries meeting with the public to discuss their concerns and issues…. Read more


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