Families with disabled children feel alienated from their communities and suffer because of a lack of services, a new report from charity Contact a Family says. More than 65 per cent of those questioned said they believe understanding and acceptance of disability is poor and described feeling stigmatised andRead More →

The City watchdog’s proposals for the mortgage market received a cautious welcome from the industry today. But trade bodies expressed concerns about how some of the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) measures would be implemented, as well as the impact a ban on self-certification mortgages would have on certain borrowers.Read More →

More than 30,000 estate agents have lost their jobs since the start of the credit crisis, nearly half the number who were in work 18 months ago. Approximately 4,000 estate agency offices, nearly one in four, have closed, resulting in 32,000 agents losing their jobs. The hardship continues throughoutRead More →

Barratt Developments and Redrow have released their half yearly figures and both showed big losses in revenue. Redrow’s income fell 58 per cent in the last six months of the 2015 to finish the year with a pre-tax profit of £46.2 million it reported yesterday. Meanwhile today Barratt reportedRead More →

The number of homeless households has fallen by 13 per cent in year on year figures, and by 60 per cent since 2003, according to Communities and Local Government figures. There was also a reduction in households in temporary accommodation, which dropped 3 per cent in the last quarterRead More →

A government-backed report into the housing market says statutory regulation ‘lacks logical consistency’ and needs to be reformed and rationalised. The private rented sector was found to have the ‘highest degree of consumer dissatisfaction’ and regulations are too complex for tenants to understand. Among its recommendations the report arguesRead More →