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New Flat-Rate State Pension Plans Unveiled

on Thursday, 17 January 2013 11:10.

A new flat rate universal pension was announced by the Government on the 14th January, to take effect from April 2017.

Under the new simplified system, the rate will be universal and, therefore, everyone will receive the same state pension of £144 per week; provided they have reached the state retirement age, and have made 35 years’ worth of National Insurance (NI) payments. However, those who retire before April 2017 will stay on the current system, which provides £107 per week, but through various top up means can be up to £142.70 per week.

Mortgage Lenders Truly Go to War

on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 16:41.

Mortgage rates are continuing to fall with another lender launching a 1.99% two-year fixed rate deal for customers with a 40% deposit.

Stagnant Second Stepper Market Scuppers First Time Buyers

on Monday, 14 January 2013 17:39.

Home owners looking to move up the housing market are feeling the brunt of the relatively flat market in 2012, according to the findings of the Home Movers Review by Lloyds TSB.

New Build Plans to Ease Market Pressure

on Friday, 11 January 2013 14:46.

Local communities are expected to develop robust plans to build new affordable housing for the next five years, as part of the Planning Minister’s desire to ease the pressure on the housing market.

Retirement Income Continues to Fall

on Thursday, 10 January 2013 17:11.

Those entering retirement in 2013 are likely to have seen their annual income be 18% lower than those who retired in 2008, based upon thefindings by Prudential’s Class of 2013.

UK Property Millionaires on the Rise

on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 16:14.

The number of property millionaires in the UK has for the first time broken the 300,000 mark, based upon the findings recently released by Zoopla.co.uk.

Insurance Market Hit as Gender Equality Enforced

on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 13:43.

A number of insurance providers saw huge boosts in insurance purchases in December 2012 figures have revealed. In the three months lead up to the 21st December, Bright Grey and Scottish Provident have both reported huge increases in purchases of critical illness, income protection and life insurance policies.

Remortgaging Hits 4 Year Low

on Monday, 07 January 2013 14:00.

The number of homeowners deciding to remortgage has hit a four year low, according to the LMS Remortgage Report. November saw 22,472 people remortgage; this being a fall of 23.6% from figures in October which had 29,399 homeowners remortgage. This is the lowest number of remortgage loans since the start of the credit crunch in 2008.

Rise in High LTV Mortgages Expected in Q1

on Friday, 04 January 2013 16:20.

Mortgage applications for higher LTVs (Loan to Value) are predicted to rise in the first quarter of 2013, according to the Credit Conditions Survey conducted by the Bank of England.

Mortgage Funds Rise as Prices Decline

on Friday, 04 January 2013 16:12.

The Bank of England revealed that lending has picked up in the last quarter of 2012 and it should continue into the months of 2013.