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- 29 Mar
SAJID JAVID: IF YOU WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP YOU BUILD AND SELL HOMES, YOU HAVE TO SELL THEM ON FAIR TERMS
Over 100,000 new build homes have been bought with Help to Buy Equity Loans since its introduction in April 2013.However, issues such as the increase of ground rents paid yearly to the house builder and the selling on the freehold interest to a secondary party who was not willing to sell it to the lease-holder, have been persistent.From now, only builders who accept the government's terms of...
- 28 Mar
REPORT FINDS THAT LACK OF SUFFICIENT MENTAL HEALTH PROVISION IS THE CAUSE OF THE RISE IN SUICIDES AMONG FEMALE PRISONERS
A Prison and Probation Ombudsman, Nigel Newcomen, drew up a bulletin which reviewed 19 cases of female suicides over the last three years; the following were found:According to the Ministry of Justice data, there are 3,869 female prisoners compared to 80,988 in the male estate which represents 5% of the whole prison population. However, women account for 23% of all incidents of self-harm.Mr....
- 28 Mar
MILLIONS OWED TO THE GOVERNMENT DUE TO 'OVERPAYMENT' ERRORS TO TENANTS
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) complained about wasting money that belongs to taxpayers, yesterday.The following official figures were released:According to the Sun, chief exec at the Taxpayers Alliance, John O'Connell, said:"The welfare system remains so complicated that even officials at DWP are struggling to get their sums right."The Department has to improve because when we're...
- 24 Mar
GOVERNMENT MAY ROLL AFFORDABLE HOUSING INTO A NEW CIL REGIME
At the moment, CIL rates are fixed locally as a percentage of development value and are based on local infrastructure priorities which are not mandatory for councils to put into effect.According to Gavin Barwell, the Housing Minister, site-specific negotiations over Section 106 payments could be removed to create a centralised fixed tariff in the next budget which will cover all new...
- 23 Mar
PATIENTS WITH DELAYED RELEASE FROM HOSPITAL OCCUPY OVER 2,500 HOSPITAL BEDS
'Bed-blocking' occurs when patients are fit to leave the hospital but other issues prevent them from getting discharged.According to the BBC, in spite of the fact that the NHS is to blame for most delayed transfers, the numbers attributable to social care are also on the rise.While analysing delays caused by social care pressures, the BBC England data unit made the following findings:Prime...
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