Alliance urges Scottish Government to make affordable housing ‘cornerstone’ of Scotland’s COVID-19 recovery

More than 25 advocacy, support and housing organisations have come together to petition the cabinet secretary for finance Kate Forbes,…

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Owners of long-term empty homes in Richmondshire could face up to 300% Council Tax hike

Richmondshire District Council is introducing a sharp increase in council tax as part of its ongoing strategy to bring long-term…

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New report warns 98% of social housing are ‘empty box’ unfurnished properties

A report by the End Furniture Poverty campaign has warned that many social housing tenants are moving into properties without…

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Discrepancy in UK Care Home fees poses ‘massive challenge’, say financial analysts

Data analysis by Legal & General Retirement has found significant discrepancies between care home fees across the UK, with a…

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Short-term rentals like Airbnb are amplifying housing shortages in urban areas

Researchers at the University of Cologne investigating the impact of short-term rentals on the Cologne housing market have released their…

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National Audit Office challenges court reform programme and timelines

A top official at the National Audit Office (NAO) has questioned the government’s plan for delivering wide-ranging court reforms, and…

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Covid-19 case backlog poses ‘very serious threat’ to criminal justice system in England

Four top inspectors have come together to highlight their ‘grave concerns’ about a growing backlog of court cases in England,…

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Chancellor reportedly considering corporation tax rise

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reportedly considering raising corporation tax in the March Budget, in an attempt to offset some of…

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Solicitors on family cases need early vaccine as ‘Key Workers’, says Law Society of Ireland

The Law Society of Ireland is calling for solicitors who work on emergency custody hearings or family law cases to…

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Solicitors reject Legal Ombudsman’s request for 19% budget increase

The Legal Ombudsman has met major objections from the solicitors’ profession in its ongoing consultation for a business plan and…

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Scottish eviction ban extended until end of March

  The Scottish Government has announced that its temporary ban on eviction orders will be extended until the end of…

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Special Report: Supporting Empty Homes Officers across the UK with The Empty Homes Network

Fraser and Fraser is delighted to be one of the sponsors of this year’s Empty Homes Network (EHN) Conference, in…

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New Year’s Honours for local government workers

Workers in local authorities across the UK have been recognised for their response to the pandemic in the 2021 New…

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£67 million housing fund for West Yorkshire must develop sites of ‘evidenced market failure’

  Last year the UK Government announced the investment as part of its ‘Brownfield Housing Trust’, an initiative to bring…

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Over 2,000 Empty Homes in Reading – and rising

A freedom of information request by the Local Democracy Reporting Scheme has revealed that the number of empty homes in…

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Superstar Prince’s Estate Undervalued by £58.5 Million, Says US Tax Investigators

The controversy around the estate of megastar Prince takes another turn, as the US’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) calculations demonstrate…

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Chancellor Urged to Reform Inheritance and Property Taxes to Pay for Fight Against Coronavirus

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure from campaigners to conduct an urgent reform of inheritance and property taxes, to help…

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The Brexit Trade Deal: Both Positive and Negative for Lawyers

  With a first-look at the UK-EU trade deal that was signed on Christmas Eve, the news is both good…

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Divorce Day 2021 Figures Expected to be Lower Than Usual, Owing to Lockdown Splits

Fewer couples are expected to file for divorce on this year’s ‘Divorce Day’ compared to previous years, say experts, as…

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Paper Probate Deadline Extended Until Early 2021

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has announced it will accept paper probate applications into the New Year, following the news…

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