You may not have thought much about it, but in a difficult static housing market more people are opting for the value-for-money and quiet surroundings afforded by living in a houseboat. Could your future lie on the calm waters of Britain’s lakes and canals?
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The Government has now launched a consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework document, which is ambitiously attempting to distil a 1000 page thesis down to a concise 52 pages.
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With the introduction of various Government incentives to turn your home ‘green’, including Feed-in-Tariffs introduced on 1 April 2010 and Renewable Heat Grants introduced on 1 August this year, we are taking a look at the different options available to a homeowner to produce your own energy and reduce your bills.
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A German DIY enthusiast trapped himself in his cellar for two days after ending on the wrong side of a wall he was building.
The man, 64, was sealing off the cellar at his home in Gumperda, near Leipzig, to save on heating bills.
Police suspect he was too proud of his creation to knock it down, so he used a jackhammer to tunnel his way to freedom through his neighbour’s home. Unfortunately, he had been feuding with the neighbours for months and as he emerged he was met by police who are considering charging him with disturbing the peace.
Source: The Daily Telegraph 26th November, 2010
The annual Andrew Ludlow awards is a scheme that rewards the hard work of a short listed group of six innovative schemes, each aiming to tackle the problem of homelessness in London. With £50,000 available for a winner and two runners up, this is a valuable source of funds in the fight against destitution that, it seems, may only get harder.
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Anwering such questions as: What is a Smart Meter? Why are they in the News? How do they work? What are the benefits to the consumer? What are the benefits to the utility company? Where can consumers find out more? To read the whole article, click here.
Answering such questions as: What is the difference between a Gargoyle and a Grotesque? What are they for? What is the origin of the word Gargoyle? How long have they been around? Where might I see one? To read the whole article, click here.
Ten things to consider when planting next to your property, or taking on a property with climbing plants in situ. Can it damage the foundations? What sort of plants are best, and which aspect is best for them? Which plants should I avoid? To read the whole article, click here.
Chancel Tax – What is it?, Why was it introduced?, How do I know if my property – or the one I’m going to buy – is affected?, Can I insure against it?, and other questions answered about this liability. To read the whole article, click here.
Nearly 9500 investigations have been carried out by HMRC into property inheritance tax valuations in the last year, leading to additional tax revenue of £70m and an average cost to each estate of £24,600.
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