The Autumn Statement

We have been waiting with interest to see what George Osborne was going to say in his Autumn Statement today. Opening remarks The Chancellor says Britains economic plan is working but the job is not done, we need to secure the economy for the long terms and the biggest risk to that comes from those that would abandon the plan. He says We need a plan where we dont pretend we can make things better by writing cheques to ourselves. Forecasts show the growth is up, but growth in productivity is still too low, business taxes are still too high and exports are still too low.
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How will future house prices go?

How will future house prices go? By Alan Forsyth, Property Secrets We keep hearing about a double dip, and concerns over house values. I actually look at how resilient house prices in the UK are. Unemployment has increased by 50% over the last 3 years, credit has been slashed, and yet house prices are only down around 10% from their peak! Why are house prices so resilient? Supply and Demand Shortage of New Properties being Built The government outlined in 2006 how many houses they feel are required by 2031 - and currently nothing is yet being done to address the structural undersupply of new housing - we require 6 million additional homes by 2031 on current projections - and this will continue to support the case of longer-term price increases. So demand is huge yet supply is not nearly enough. The number of properties being built in the UK...
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Property Renovation: Roofing!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="148" caption="Property Rennovation: "Roofing""][/caption] I start with roofing because if the roof is unsound and letting in water, the rest of the house will soon become an expensive proposition to develop. One small leak in a roof, which is not dealt with promptly, can result in hundreds or even thousands of pounds. There are many kinds of roofing in the British Isles and I will detail those that are commonplace (and therefore cheaper to put right) and those that are expensive. Slates Many houses have slate roofs, originally constructed of Welsh slates. A slate roof has a life expectancy of up to 100 years. A good slate roof, see picture, will be complete, no missing slates, no slates hanging off, or cracked. A roof that needs repair will vary from a few missing or damaged slates, to huge holes in the roof itself, which obviously let in rain....
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