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£1 billion fund created to help build thousands more homes

A new fund is being created to help speed up the delivery of thousands of new homes across England.   Housing Secretary James Brokenshire says the government is entering into a partnership with Barclays Bank to provide £1 billion of loan finance to help support small and medium sized developers.   Support, ranging between £5…

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Housing Minister announces homes boost for rural families

The government is making it easier for developers to convert agricultural buildings into family homes. Currently developers are permitted to create a maximum of three homes from agricultural buildings on farmland. This is set to rise to five. It’s part of the government’s plan to meet local housing needs more efficiently. The new measures will…

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Nearly 70,000 first-time buyers benefit from stamp duty cut

Nearly 70,000 first-time buyers have benefited so far from the abolition of stamp duty on homes costing less than £300,000. The figures, released by the government, cover the period up to 31 March this year. The changes to stamp duty were made by Chancellor Philip Hammond in the autumn Budget last November. The stamp duty…

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Lasting powers of attorney can help protect dementia sufferers

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a new drive to use technology and artificial intelligence to tackle debilitating diseases like dementia. Speaking at the beginning of Dementia Week, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, Mrs May said: “The United Kingdom will use data, artificial intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of…

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