Charities including Carers UK, Mencap and Alzheimers Society are among nine charities which have drawn up a carers poverty charter calling for better benefits for carers. The charities estimate that six million carers looks after family members or friends at home, but fewer than 500,000 carers actually get theRead More →

Targets aimed at speeding up English planning decisions may have led to councils rejecting developments, the National Audit Office warns. The 13-week target had resulted in some ‘perverse consequences’ it says, as more applications were rejected. Reviewing 100 applications, the NAO found that 98 per cent of rejections wereRead More →

Five of the UK’s largest housing associations (HAs) have joined forces to publish a report challenging the current model for providing affordable housing. Calling themselves the Housing Futures Network, the HAs are arguing for ‘radical, wide ranging’ reforms in housing benefit and building finance, while opening up access toRead More →

Results from a citizenship survey has found that 82 per cent of people see their community as cohesive, where individuals from different backgrounds get on well together. Older people were more likely to be satisfied with their local area than younger people – 88 per cent of over-75s, comparedRead More →

Cheltenham & Gloucester is repricing its entire fixed rate mortgage range offered through intermediaries from Tuesday. Halifax, which is also part of the Lloyds banking group, is raising the cost of selected fixed rate mortgages available through intermediaries from Tuesday. The two lenders declined to say by how muchRead More →