Papers including the Guardian and Telegraph cover plans for ‘sin bins’ for anti-social families in yesterday’s launch of the government’s network of family intervention projects. The Financial Times reports on contrasting indicators for the housing market: the latest RICS survey showing that the house price bubble is stillRead More →

Two financial advisers have been recruited by the Chartered Institute of Housing to help housing associations support tenants through financial difficulties. The positions are being funded by Barclays and the Financial Services Authority, and are expected to work with local councils and housing organisations to help tenants gain greaterRead More →

The north-south divide in the housing market will worsen this year according to house builder Bellway. The third largest house builder in the country said that its business in the south of England had become ‘marginally stronger’ with prices beginning to stabilise and predicted that by the year endRead More →

The burden of rising unemployment in England is falling mainly on the most deprived areas and threatens to undermine the government’s anti-poverty drive, Financial Times research has shown. An analysis of people signing on for the jobseeker’s allowance in the first four months of this year indicates nearly two-thirdsRead More →

Rents have fallen even faster than house prices in central London since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, an estate agent survey has found. Rents are down, on average, 10.6 per cent since September, compared with 8.9 per cent for sales. In ‘cold-spots’ such as Kensington and Chelsea they areRead More →

The number of homes in the UK repossessed by lenders last year rose by 54 per cent to 40,000 according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). This figure is fewer than the 45,000 originally predicted, however the number of homeowners in arrears soared by 70 per cent overRead More →