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Colour Run 2016 -St Ann’s Hospice

To register for the Colour Run 2016, please complete the form below. Please choose how many people you would like to register for the Colour Run. The maximum on this form is 15 at a time, but if you’d like to register more than that just give us a call us on 0161 498 3631 […]

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Shock as Countrywide sells almost half its stake

Countrywide has sold almost half its shares in Zoopla. This morning Zoopla announced to the stock exchange its investments in four proptech start-ups. The UK’s largest property chain has sold 8,659,302 shares in the portal business for a price of 220p per share. The announcement was made after close of stock market trading yesterday. Gross […]

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Over-65s in England ‘living longer

Older people in England are living longer than ever before, a report from Public Health England says. Figures show that for those aged 65, men can expect to live for another 19 years and women a further 21 years. But there is concern that too many elderly people are living in poor health. And the […]

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First-time buyers’ ‘£50,000 rent bill’

First-time buyers in England who buy a house this year will already have spent an average of £52,900 on rent, research for a landlords’ trade body suggests. The cost will rise to £64,400 for those starting to rent now, figures published by the Association of Residential Lettings Agents suggest. Arla says rent will account for […]

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Buy-to-let surge ‘raising house prices’

Surveyors are witnessing a surge of demand from buy-to-let investors which they expect to push up house prices. Buy-to-let investors face a 3% surcharge on stamp duty from April. The Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said the number of homes coming onto the market was insufficient to meet demand from landlords aiming to beat the deadline. […]

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House price growth eases after rush in March, says

Further evidence has emerged of a slow-down in UK house prices in April, as the Halifax said growth eased to 9.2% compared to last year. A month ago, the Halifax said house prices were rising by 10.1%. The slow-down follows a rush to beat the new stamp duty tax rates for buy to let and […]

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Nationwide raises home loan age limit to 85 years

Nationwide is raising its age limit for people paying off mortgages by 10 years to 85, in the latest sign of the impact of rising house prices on buyers. The building society said the increase was due to “growing demand”, and the limit would be in force from July. It means a 60-year-old could take […]

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The trendiest areas in Manchester – the UK’s trend

Manchester has been named the trendiest city to live in the UK – but which are the trendiest areas? No excuse needed for us Mancunians to feel better about our city, but it just so happens that, in a recent survey, Manchester was found to be the trendiest place to live in the UK. You […]

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Lord Turner warns of indefinite low rates

Former City regulator Adair Turner has warned that without radical policies, the UK economy could be stuck with low interest rates “almost indefinitely”. He told the BBC “interest rates in the UK may not go up beyond 2% by 2020”. The Bank of England’s rate has been at the record low of 0.5% since March […]