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Labour and Conservative square up over second home taxes

Labour and Conservative Parties have come to blows over the issue of increasing council tax on second homes in one of the countries largest tourist hotspots, Cornwall. The Labour Party are demanding that the Local Authority have the right to double the...

LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY - STILL A GOOD IDEA??

Listeners of BBC Radio 4’s flagship current affairs programme, “Today”, heard a topical interview this morning with former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection in England & Wales, Denzil Lush.  . Strikingly, Denzil Lush, who...

Children's social care at breaking point

New analysis by the Local Government Association reveals that in 2015/16 councils surpassed their children's social care budgets by a total of £605 million due to an unprecedented surge in demand for children's social care support over...

FROM EGGSHELLS TO IPHONES.....

We have come a long way since the case of Hodson v Barnes in 1926 concerning the validity of a will. Most people know that there are formalities and that a will has to be in writing apart from certain limited exceptions.  In the famous case (to lawyers...

The Government Remains Committed to the Help to Buy Scheme

Despite numerous reports alleging that they are backing out of the Help to Buy Equity Loans Scheme, the Government has today announced they will be carrying the scheme forward until at least 2021. The Help to Buy Scheme has proven to be beneficial to both...

The Digital Mortgages to go live

In its annual 2016/2017 report, H.M Land Registry have announced that the Digital Mortgage Service will be going live for public testing this year. The new digital service will allow  borrowers to go online and sign their mortgage Deeds at  time...

Supreme Court to hear Owens v Owens

A bitter divorce battle looks certain to continue following the Supreme Court granting Mrs Tini Owens permission to appeal following the Court of Appeal's decision to deny her a divorce she wanted.  The case of Owens v Owens has become...

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE AND THE FAMILY HOME

In an uncertain world,  the generation of “baby boomers” are likely to be more prosperous than their children.  It is now much harder for “millennials” to save for a deposit to buy a house with the rising cost of rents,...

Extra Stamp Duty has not deterred Landlords

There was a huge amount of speculation regarding whether the increases would affect the market however HM Revenue and Customs claim that their Stamp Duty receipts have risen again despite the increased rate of 3% charged for additional properties. Figures...

Increase in counselling sessions regarding forced marriage

The children and young people counselling service Childline has published figures which show young people are seeking more help than ever before regarding forced marriage.   In 2016/17, Childline have seen 205 counselling sessions on...
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