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FUNDING FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES WILL BE INCREASED BY A FURTHER £2 BILLION..

The government has confirmed plans for a new generation of council and housing association homes as confirmed in the Gov.UK announcement.  Government has confirmed plans for a new generation of council and housing association homes. Funding for affordable homes will be increased by a further £2 billion to more than £9 billion. Ministers also confirmed plans to […]

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September property listings soar 20% to two-year high..

It feels like home sellers have had the post-Brexit, post-General Election blues and maybe September is the first sign that they have shaken them off. New property listings across the UK rose by a fifth (20.2%) in September compared to August, and by 44.4% in London, according to HouseSimple research. The number of new properties […]

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Ten places to find your old £1 coins before shops refuse them..

The round £1 coin will soon lose its status as legal tender. In practice, shops can refuse to accept these coins from 16 October. They have been used alongside the new 12-sided £1 coin since March – a period called co-circulation. Now, there is not long left to spend, bank, exchange or donate old pounds […]

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Energy prices could be capped this winter, suggests minister..

A gas and electricity price cap could be imposed as early as this winter, Energy Minister Greg Clark has said. He told the BBC that the regulator, Ofgem, would receive legal backing from parliament to introduce a cap. Asked if this could mean action this winter, he replied: “Precisely. That’s exactly why I’m keen that […]

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Tesla: World’s biggest battery half-built..

Tesla has reached the half-way point in its plan to build the world’s biggest battery, in South Australia. The plan to build the 100MW (129MWh) lithium battery grew out of a Twitter bet between Tesla boss Elon Musk and Australian software entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes. Mr Musk said Tesla would build the wind-charged battery in 100 […]

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Bags for life can pose food poisoning risk – Food Standards Agency..

Bags for life pose a food poisoning risk if they are used to carry raw foods such as meat and fish, a consumer watchdog is warning. The Food Standards Agency says even if there is no leakage, packaging can harbour traces of harmful bacteria that can cause stomach bugs. Shoppers should have separate bags for […]

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Mark Carney expects interest rate rise in ‘relatively near term’…

Interest rates could rise in the “relatively near term” the Governor of the Bank of England has told the BBC. In the clearest indication yet that there could be a rate rise as early as November, Mark Carney suggested that it was time for the bank to “ease its foot off the accelerator”. The next […]

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Monarch flights cancelled as airline ceases trading..

Monarch Airlines has ceased trading and all its future flights and holidays have been cancelled, affecting hundreds of thousands of customers. About 860,000 people have lost bookings and more than 30 planes will be sent by the Civil Aviation Authority to return 110,000 holidaymakers who are overseas. Monarch employs about 2,100 people and reported a […]

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Theresa May promises £10bn Help to Buy boost..

The government will find an extra £10bn for the Help to Buy scheme to let another 135,000 people get on the property ladder, Theresa May has said. The extra cash will help buyers get a mortgage with a deposit of as little as 5% to buy newly built homes. Mrs May gave no detail about […]

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Still selling in Didsbury..