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Thousands of Cornwall homes out of residential use
April 16, 2024

One in 14 properties in Cornwall is currently sitting empty, according to figures released by housing charity Action on Empty Homes. The organisation estimates there are more than 20,000 vacant properties in the county, including around 13,000 second homes (a figure that excludes commercial holiday lets that pay business rates). The charity believes these are […]

Applications for lasting power of attorney reach all-time high
April 9, 2024

Applications for lasting power of attorney (LPA) surged to their highest-ever total last year, according to figures released by the Family Court.

Care sector satisfaction levels hit record low
April 2, 2024

Public satisfaction with social care services has fallen to its lowest-ever recorded level, according to research released last month. Figures from the British Social Attitudes survey, published jointly by the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund, show just 13 per cent of respondents were either “very” or “quite” satisfied with social care services. In contrast, […]

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Law Society calls for “reimbursement” over probate delays
March 26, 2024

The Law Society has called for users of the Probate Service to be “reimbursed appropriately” if minimum service levels are not met, while also…

Higher council tax rates for empty properties from 1 April
March 19, 2024

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will introduce rules on 1 April that double the council tax payable on long-term empty properties.

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