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Mortgage approvals down 16 per cent on last year.

22 Apr 2015, by in Uncategorized

The Council of Mortgage Lenders have released figures for February 2015.  Its bad news for would-be home-owners as the number of mortgages approved continues to decline (see CML chart below). The latest figure of 40,600 approvals is 1 per cent lower than January but a whopping 16 per cent lower than Februarys 2014. First-time buyers are being  locked out of the…

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Mortgage approvals down a fifth, say bankers

25 Mar 2015, by in Uncategorized

The British Bankers Association said today that there were “signs that the mortgage market is recovering”. This view is based on the fact that in February bank mortgage  approvals reached a five-month high. whilst any morsel of good news is always welcome,it is certainly not time to open the champagne yet. In fact, fair-minded observers would focus more…

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“Social model of disability”: What’s that about?

04 Mar 2015, by in Uncategorized

In a week when the government is claiming credit for getting hundreds of disabled people a day into employment and global corporation Maximus is about to take over running the Work Capability Assessment from discredited ATOS, why should the TUC bother with publishing a guide explaining the difference between the social and medical “models of…

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Green is good for growth

05 Oct 2012, by in Uncategorized

Green is good for growth. That’s the central message emerging from two weeks of political debate in Brighton and Manchester where energy prices and green jobs have moved centre stage. Caroline Flint, who is speaking at the TUC’s green jobs conference  on 23 October, argued in her address to the Labour Party conference that Britain needs…

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Ed Balls – vision of world class green jobs

02 Oct 2012, by in Uncategorized

Both Ed Balls and Danny Alexander have come out as strong champions of the green economy. Yesterday, the Shadow Chancellor announced the launch of an independent infrastructure commission to explore how to drive long-term investment in new clean energy capacity and a low carbon transport network. Balls left Osborne looking “increasingly isolated” as he pursues…

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Green agenda shifting centre stage

26 Sep 2012, by in Economics, Environment, Uncategorized

This autumn’s Energy Bill looks set to be a fight between “past and future”, between those for whom climate change is a high risk demanding action and a sizeable hard core of climate change deniers. In Parliament, this means around 100 MPs and a Lords’ “caucus” – Ed Davey’s “Tea Party tendency” within the Conservative Party. Ed…

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