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What does the Housing and Planning Act really mean for housing associations?

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Almost a full year since lamenting the many ‘unanswered questions’ over the then proposed legislation, David Baybut revisits the Housing Planning Act 2016 to examine the impact on housing associations. While the Chartered Institute of Housing...

Stamp duty increase comes into force

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From today (1 April 2016), anyone buying a home that is not their main residence will face a 3 per cent hike on Stamp Duty. The surcharge applies to anyone buying a property with a value exceeding £40,000 as a buy-to-let-investment, second home...

Social Housing: Planning approvals up

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The number of social housing developments in England receiving planning permission has increased according to a recent report. The total figure for English social home planning approvals in Q1 2015 was 5,800 – a seven per cent increase on the same...

UK firms are losing billions on capital allowances

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Businesses are failing to claim tax relief on fittings in commercial properties, experts say, which could save them billions of pounds. Recent research from Deloitte suggests that owners of over 90% of commercial properties in the UK have never claimed...