The chancellor should use next month’s budget to make better use of existing homes, increase house building and encourage higher standards of housing.
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) says the government should consider removing stamp duty when older home owners who receive Pension Credit move to smaller properties, which would make downsizing more affordable for older people on low incomes and free up bigger homes for larger families. Continue reading →
Four of the big six energy companies will now automatically refund direct debits to customers who are in credit.
While EON were already doing this, negotiations chaired by Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker have resulted in EDF, British Gas and SSE plus First Utility following suit and passing consumers money back to them. Continue reading →
The latest annual Which? energy company survey exposes a market that is falling short of its customers’ needs, as consumer satisfaction plummets and the biggest companies yet again fare worse than the smaller suppliers.
New Which? research reveals that the overall customer score for energy companies serving Great Britain has dropped from 49% last year to a new low of just 41%. Continue reading →
A Which? survey finds millions of people relied on credit to pay for Christmas and feel their budgets will be squeezed even tighter this year.
With living standards squeezed and household bills continuing to rise, the survey finds people aren’t relishing their prospects for this year, with half (49%) of people expecting their household budgets to be tighter in 2014 than 2013. Continue reading →
One year on from some of the worst flooding in 2012, latest research by the Environment Agency reveals that last year’s record-breaking wet year in England could have cost the UK economy close to £600million.
The overall financial cost to businesses of the extreme weather was up to £200million as total commercial property and contents damage totalled up to £84million, and further indirect impacts – such as staff working days lost – hit companies and local economies for up to £33million. Continue reading →
British households have underestimated their main household bills – council tax, gas and electricity – by an average of £467 in the past year, according to new research from Santander Current Accounts.
The analysis suggests that the millions of households struggling to cover their household bills due to spiralling prices are compounding the issue because they are out of touch with current utility costs. Continue reading →
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has hailed the impact of Help to Buy for delivering a surge of business to the construction sector.
Visiting the brand new Chesterton brick factory in Newcastle-under-Lyme, which has created 51 jobs, Mr Hopkins said the impact of the scheme was keeping kilns firing over Christmas for the first time since 2007. Continue reading →