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Stoking the fire of London’s housing market

Stoking the fire of London’s housing market

It almost seems as if the Chancellor doesn’t feel that improving house prices is possible. His range of policies set out in the Budget and Spending Review this year all point to him focussing on using public funds to ‘help’ people buy homes rather than improving market conditions. And, unsurprisingly, the problem is most acute … Continue reading

Betting the house?

Betting the house?

George Osborne’s Budget has appeared to bet the house on an election win in 2015. While his announcement was neither flash nor hard-hitting, a couple of announcements, when brought together, will have wider implications. The first of these is Help to Buy. I won’t go into great detail as to the intricacies of the two … Continue reading

Beating the drum for regional banks

Beating the drum for regional banks

Yesterday, Ed Miliband delivered a speech at the British Chambers of Commerce conference and committed Labour to form a new tier of banking in the form of regional banks. Regular readers to this blog will understand the pleasure this has given me as you would have read this and this. So what exactly is he suggesting? Well, let’s start at … Continue reading