Building societies defend higher multiples

Building societies defend higher multiples

Britain’s building societies have defended their decision to offer mortgages with higher income multiples, despite criticism by the Bank Of England. Sam Woods, chief executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) had warned that heightened competition pressures in the current mortgage war has led to lenders making ‘a material move up the risk curve’ by …

Mixed age couples could lose £10,000 a year in pension credits

Mixed age couples could lose £10,000 a year in pension credits

A government change to the way pension credits are paid out could mean more than 60,000 mixed age couples could lose up to £10,000 a year. Research by the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) has revealed that the income for mixed age couples on low incomes could be slashed by up to 45%. Pension credits Pension …

CMA to investigate leasehold mis-selling

CMA to investigate leasehold mis-selling

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to investigate the sale of leasehold properties amid growing fears that unsuspecting homeowners have been ‘locked in’ to agreements which expose them to demands for extortionate charges. It is to probe the circumstances surrounding the sale of new properties which included unfair terms, excessive fees and inadequate information …