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Budget 2013 | Helping hand or economic suicide?

21 March, 20130 Comments
Yesterday George Osborne delivered his fourth budget, calling his speech “a Budget for people who aspire to work hard and get on” for an “aspiration nation”. The key points : HOUSING A new “help-to-buy” scheme will include £3.5bn for shared equity loans, and a government interest-free loan worth 20% of the value of a new
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Confirmed: Universal Credit ends direct payment of housing benefit to landlords.

23 June, 201211 Comments
Details of the Government’s new procedures for the payment of Universal Credit were released on Friday 22nd June,  here and here, which confirm that the landlord’s right to insist on direct rent payments if a tenant is in arrears will be abolished. When the Universal Credit system goes live, in October 2013, payments will be
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