The European parliament has voted to allow VAT on housing repairs and maintenance to be cut to at least 5 per cent. MEPs hope that member states will introduce the cuts to revitalise struggling industries such as construction and increase work to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Read More →

This issue’s cover stories: No brainer Marcus Brigstocke asks, would £25 million for Trident be better spent elsewhere? Must-see TV Greg Dyke warns tenants will miss more than Coronation Street if landlords don’t help them go digital Be a doorstep donor Matthew ParrisRead More →