Budget 2021: Inheritance Tax frozen until 2026

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that there will be no rises in inheritance tax until 2026, in the March Budget….

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First time ‘digital-first’ census starts 21 March

The 2021 census starts on March 21, and will be ‘digital-first’ for the first time

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Covid-19 confirmed in 95 courts in less than one month

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that HM Courts & Tribunals Service received reports of confirmed Covid-19 cases…

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Southwark sees 600% jump in empty homes in 2020

New figures released by the Home Office have revealed a sharp increase in the number of empty properties across Southwark…

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Lawyers warn of the risks of DIY wills

A law firm has launched a national campaign to warn people of the pitfalls of making a DIY will without…

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Homes England acquires sites to build over 800 homes in Harrogate

The government’s body for funding new affordable housing in England has bought two development sites in Harrogate, with the intention…

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UK Census 2021: Two new questions on gender identity and sexuality for the first time

The 2021 census will officially record gender identity and sexuality for the first time in its 220-year history. Two new…

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Inheritance tax reclaims hit a six-year high in 2020

Data released by a Freedom of Information (FOI) request made by financial advisers NFU Mutual to HMRC has revealed that…

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Homes England acquires sites to build over 800 homes in Harrogate

The government’s body for funding new affordable housing in England has bought two development sites in Harrogate, with the intention…

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Birmingham City Council calls on residents to report empty homes

Birmingham City Council’s Empty Homes team has revealed the transformation of some of its previously-derelict properties, amid the city’s housing…

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Action on Empty Homes calls for national strategy for housing crisis

Housing campaign group Action on Empty Homes is urging the UK Government to establish a National Empty Homes Strategy to…

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Which? survey: banks are failing bereaved families in probate process

A new survey by Which? has found that the pandemic is putting major pressure on banks’ bereavement services, leading to…

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England extends ban on bailiff-enforced evictions until end of March

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed that the ban will remain in place for all but the most serious cases…

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Irish Court of Appeal upholds €1.08m home-made will

The last will of Mary Philomena Maureen McEnroe (otherwise Maureen McEnroe) who left an estate with a net value of…

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£100m funding boost to support police and victims of crime during Covid-19

The UK Government has released new funding, aiming at helping the victims of rape and domestic abuse, and to support…

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Contentious probate claims on the rise, but delays abound

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a ‘marked increase’ in the number of claims being brought against estates and in…

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Brexit Deal making life ‘clunky’ for lawyers, says Law Society President

The president of the Law Society of England and Wales, David Greene, has said Brexit has led to a ‘much…

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SEHP warning to prevent empty homes in Scotland becoming visual legacy of Covid-19

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) has warned that crumbling bricks, broken windows and overgrown gardens of empty homes across…

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Empty Homes Network announces full speaker lineup for Annual Conference

The Empty Homes Network (EHN) has announced the full list of confirmed speakers for its first virtual Annual Conference, to be held on Thursday 27th May, 2021.

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Trafford Council right to refuse development over affordable housing, say planners

A planning inspector has backed Trafford Council’s decision to refuse permission for a new development on the grounds it offered…

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