Co-operative Housing Tenure Bill introduced into the Commons

The Labour MP for Stalybridge & Hyde, Jonathon Reynolds, has introduced a new Co-Operative Housing Tenure Bill into the House of Commons, as of 11 October 2011. He hopes to achieve recognition for the unique status of co-operative housing and, by doing so, boost investment in housing co-operatives and combat Britain’s housing shortage.

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New poll reveals 50 of life’s greatest pleasures

A survey just last week discovered that finding a £10 note in an old pair of jeans, getting into bed with freshly washed sheets and going on holiday are among life’s greatest pleasures.

The poll, carried out by Three Barrels Brandy,  took the opinion of 3,000 adults and aimed to discover what man kinds greatest pleasures are.

Sunshine was found to be a substantial cause of good moods – with examples such as waking up to a sunny day, sitting in the sun and driving with the car windows down on a sunny day all appearing in the top 20.

Other happy moments include being surprised with flowers or chocolates, getting a nice message or cuddle from a loved one, or getting a thank you card in the post.

Slightly less romanticised examples included ‘snogging’, lads nights out and winning a tenner on the lottery.

Overall, it serves as a nice reminder that simple things are what give people most pleasure.

10 Questions on….domestic wind turbines

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 on 1 August this year, we are taking a look at the different options available to homeowners to produce their own energy and reduce their bills.

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New homes constructed in England fall 6%

Government figures have been released today, indicating that the level of additional dwellings supplied in England in the year to April 2011 was 121,200, 6% down on the year before and 42% down on 2007-08.

That figure constitutes a number of new build homes provided at 117,700 compared to more than 200,000 in 2007-08 and 124,200 last year.

London saw the largest decrease in net additional homes, falling from 24,340 in 2009-10 to 17,830 in 10-11.

Net additions comprise the total of new build homes plus new home conversions plus new homes from change of use less homes lost through demolition.

A greater overview of the property market can be found on our monthly market fact file, here.

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Confederation of British Industry Director General calls on government to re-energise the property market

John Cridland, speaking at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) North East annual dinner as Director General, called upon the chancellor to introduce measures to assist first-time buyers and those wanting to progress up the property ladder. These included an expansion upon the shared ownership programme and a scheme by which first time buyers could get finance by accessing savings in their personal pension pots via a loan back system, involving borrowing money from their pensions and paying it back through their salary.

“I want to see the chancellor use his autumn statement on 29 November to jump start the housing market,” he stated.

Read more about his speech here.

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