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....One concern relates to competition for economic resources. In particular, Jordanians are worried about competition for jobs, downward pressure on wages, upward pressure on house prices, and the depletion of natural resources such as water. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... On average, houses in the Isle of Man cost twice as much as those in the north-west of England. The fact is that if those with wealth pay less tax they push house prices out of the reach of most people. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The background against which it wants banks to test themselves includes "a sudden increase in the rate of return investors demand for holding sterling assets [which would mean higher interest rates on government bonds] and an associated fall in sterling". Under its annual cyclical scenario, banks must show they can cope with a recession in the global economy and in the UK, interest rates peaking at 4%, and with house prices falling by a third. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. If the price of milk had risen in line with average house prices over the past 40 years, consumers would now be shelling out more than £10 for a four-pint carton: a sobering reminder of just how broken Britain’s housing market is. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....35%-0. 4% of the sum borrowed, which means bonuses all round as house prices (and mortgage sizes) have gone up. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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The Guardian view on house prices: the government lacks the political will to fix the broken market | Editorial image
. If the price of milk had risen in line with average house prices over the past 40 years, consumers would now be shelling out more than £10 for a four-pint carton: a sobering reminder of just how broken Britain’s housing market is. ...
UK banks given new stress test scenarios image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 11:43:00 AM
....The background against which it wants banks to test themselves includes "a sudden increase in the rate of return investors demand for holding sterling assets [which would mean higher interest rates on government bonds] and an associated fall in sterling". Under its annual cyclical scenario, banks must show they can cope with a recession in the global economy and in the UK, interest rates peaking at 4%, and with house prices falling by a third. ...
The death of the mortgage salesman is unfortunately premature image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 07:00:03 AM
....35%-0. 4% of the sum borrowed, which means bonuses all round as house prices (and mortgage sizes) have gone up. ...
London now 'cheaper to live than New York and Tokyo', plus Viagogo snubs MPs image
....Number of women working past 70 in UK doubles in four years. Average house price at 7. ...
Why becoming a tax haven would be bad news for Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 06:30:42 PM
.... On average, houses in the Isle of Man cost twice as much as those in the north-west of England. The fact is that if those with wealth pay less tax they push house prices out of the reach of most people. ...
New Nationwide deal for parents to raise cash from their home to help their children image
....". Rachel Springall, a spokeswoman for financial website Moneyfacts, said: "At a time when house prices continue to rise, borrowers pay out on eye-watering rent and their savings don't reach very far, any kind of assistance to help struggling first-time buyers get on to the property ladder will be a bonus. ...
Contrasting fortunes for island property image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 11:23:51 AM
....House prices in the Scottish isles have witnessed contrasting fortunes in the past year - putting them at extreme ends of UK property price movements. The Shetland Isles recorded the fastest house price growth in the 12 months to the end of January, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. ...
Residential care costs 'can soak up over 50% of property values' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 07:01:30 AM
.... He also said the government would produce a discussion paper later this year that looks into how to fund social care in the future. The new research from the mutual insurer Royal London, whose director of policy is the former pensions minister Steve Webb, found that variations in house prices around the UK mean the cost of a typical residential care home stay could range from 18% to 56% of the value of the average house. ...
Average house price at 7.6 times annual salary, official figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 12:45:03 PM
. Rising house prices now stand at an average 7. ...
Homes cost more than seven times income image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 10:06:40 AM
. Working people typically face house prices of more than seven times their annual earnings as affordability is increasingly stretched. ...
MPC member calls for interest rates to rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 11:52:03 PM
...."This softening . should only be moderate, due to support from resilient consumer confidence, solid house prices, low unemployment, and easy access to cheap credit," she said. ...
Household incomes crept up last year, DWP figures show image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 11:20:14 AM
....The DWP figures show a regional split, with older people in the South East of England having much higher incomes than those living in Wales and the West Midlands. Steve Webb, a former pensions minister and now director of policy at Royal London, said: "While there are clearly some pensioners who enjoy good company pensions and have benefited from house price inflation, there are clearly also many who are not in such a fortunate position. ...
Britons pay almost £2billion in extra inheritance tax over next five years image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Inheritance tax is charged at a punitive 40 per cent on assets above £325,000, although married couples can double that exemption to £650,000. Many families now face a bill for tens of thousands of pounds, thanks to rising house prices and buoyant stock markets. ...
Britons pay almost £2billion in extra inheritance tax over next five years image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Inheritance tax is charged at a punitive 40 per cent on assets above £325,000, although married couples can double that exemption to £650,000. Many families now face a bill for tens of thousands of pounds, thanks to rising house prices and buoyant stock markets. ...
UK average annual rents fall for first time in six years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 06:00:24 AM
....Separate figures from LSL Property Services, which includes estate agents Your Move and Reeds Rain, paint a similar picture of a slow market in the south and much busier activity in the Midlands and north. It said annual house price growth dropped to 2. ...
Five minute guide to getting the most form home sale image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 01:48:00 PM
.... . This is still a seller’s market because of a shortage of properties for sale and the continuing rise of house prices, up 5. ...
Forget Brexit: housing is the key issue for Labour | Phil McDuff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 12:04:31 PM
.... Asset appreciation is probably the closest thing we have to “printing money” in our economy, and the short-term gains that can be realised for free have proved too attractive for governments to resist. However, the policy objectives of increasing house prices and enabling those on lower incomes to afford housing are diametrically opposed. ...
Rents are 'out of step' with incomes, housing body warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:01:21 AM
.... Those in the north-west of England were most likely to report price rises. The group said over the next five years house prices were set to rise by 18%, a lower rate of growth than the 20% increase expected in the rental market. ...
Foxtons sees property sales plunge as Brexit vote hits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:06:35 AM
....Foxtons currently has 67 branches across London and the home counties. Earlier this month, building society Nationwide said UK house prices had accelerated in February with property values rising by 4. ...
Hopeful Britons counting on 2017 property boom image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Fears Brexit would dampen sentiment have been dismissed with 54 per cent expecting growth and just 7 per cent fearing a decline, according to research by estate agents Keatons. The survey follows yesterday’s Halifax house price index showing 5. ...
Bank of England deputy's slip-up was astonishing – but its reaction was predictable | Nils Pratley image
.... This development may not delight homeowners looking to sell in a hurry but, for anybody with a wider or longer perspective, a slowdown is exactly what the UK needs. Annual house price inflation a year ago had reached the silly level of 10%, far too fast for an economy growing at about 2%. ...
Hammond gets budget boost as OECD upgrades UK growth forecast image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 10:00:39 AM
.... It made no changes to its earlier forecast for growth to slow further in 2018 to just 1% – which would be the weakest performance since the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009. It also highlighted rapid house price growth in the UK and other countries as a potential warning sign of another economic downturn. ...
House price growth slowest since 2013, says Halifax image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 08:53:35 AM
. The annual rate of growth in UK house prices has slowed to its lowest pace in three and a half years, according to the Halifax. ...
Goodbye Spring Budget image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:11:17 AM
....Giving four months notice of its withdrawal, scheduled for 1 August that year, prompted tens of thousands of people to rush and buy properties before the deadline. That stoked up the rip-roaring 1980s house price boom to an even greater frenzy than before, and helped pave the way for the subsequent house price crash and the recession of the early 1990s. ...
Five-minute guide to the new 'death tax' coming into force next May image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... Estates worth £2million or more will pay a stinging £20,000, on top of an inheritance tax bill that could be as much as £670,000. Gordon Andrews, financial planning expert at Old Mutual Wealth, says: “As house prices continue to rise this will hit a growing number of people and add an extra layer of complexity to estate planning. ...
Australian housing market crash could lead to broader downturn, OECD warns image
....In its first major review of the Australian economy since 2014, the OECD warned the housing market was showing “hints of a slowdown”, in what it identified as an “extreme vulnerability” for the economy. “A large drop-off in house prices could cut household consumption and increase mortgage defaults … The market may not ease gently but develop into a rout on prices and demand with significant macroeconomic implications,” they said. ...
REVEALED: Winners and losers of Bank of England's money-printing programme  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 04:57:00 PM
....9 per cent from corporate bonds. Property, as measured by the Nationwide house price index, have returned 38. ...
Home ownership in England at a 30-year low, official figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 02:32:32 PM
....Labour claimed the figures showed that the government was “out of ideas” and had no long-term plan to fix the housing crisis. The Generation Rent campaign group said runaway house price inflation and the difficulty of saving a deposit had trapped millions in private rented housing, “even more [people] than in the days of slum landlords like Rachman”. ...
House sellers 'should pay stamp duty' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 01:38:01 PM
....The Yorkshire Building Society said that nearly three-quarters of first-time buyers now paid the tax, compared with just over half in 2006. Many more buyers were being drawn into the tax as house prices rose but the threshold remained the same. ...
New homes 'unaffordable for eight out of 10 locally' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 01:38:32 AM
....Nearly eight out of 10 families across England are unable to afford newly built homes in their local area, a report by housing charity Shelter says. Its research shows rising house prices hitting all parts of the country, not just London and the south-east. ...
UK house prices accelerated in February, says the Nationwide image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 08:51:42 AM
. UK house prices accelerated in February with property values rising by 4. ...
‘Housing should be seen as a human right. Not a commodity’ | Patrick Butler image
....Might the social inequalities and displacement caused by housing financialisation – the tensions flicker almost permanently in cities like London – erupt politically? Farha is not sure. The middle class, she notes, have so far been generally complicit, benefiting from rising house prices. ...
The Bank of England fears it may not spot the next crisis. Here’s where to look image
.... But there are still concerns that buyers are stretching too far to purchase homes, leaving them vulnerable to the slightest hiccup in their financial calculations. The latest study of home affordability by Lloyds, which measures the ratio between average house prices by city and average gross local earnings, is at its worst level since 2008. ...
REVEALED: Britain's least and most affordable cities for house prices in 2017 image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Saturday 25th of February 2017 01:20:00 PM
....London is in second place, followed by Winchester, Cambridge and Chichester. All 10 cities with the largest house price growth since 2007 are in southern England. ...
Oxford once again tops list of UK's least affordable places to live image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of February 2017 08:01:06 AM
....Home affordability in Britain is at its worst level since 2008, with Oxford, London and Winchester the UK’s most unaffordable places to buy. Affordability ratings, which compare the costs of buying a home in an area with the average regional pay, say that the cost of homeownership in five cities is now more than 10 times the average local income, thanks to a rapid growth in house prices, combined with slower wage growth. ...
South Ribble: the best place to live in the UK – if you’re in your 20s image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 01:25:06 PM
....That’s it? That’s the main reason. The average house price in South Ribble is £157,000 – that’s £138K cheaper than the national average. ...
‘We didn't even have room for a table’: meet the 30-somethings fleeing London image
....“People are moving to the outer London boroughs, and towns and villages in the London commuter zone, to get more space at less cost,” says Lucian Cook of Savills. The property firm predicts house prices in the commuter belt around London to rise by 17%-19% by 2021, compared with 13% for the UK as a whole and 11% in London. ...
UK rents expected to rise faster than house prices in next five years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of February 2017 12:01:07 AM
. UK rents are expected to rise faster than house prices over the next five years, bringing further misery to Britain’s growing army of renters, according to a survey. ...
Plan ahead to ease burden of death tax image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Many ordinary families are completely unprepared, especially in London and the South-east, where house prices are highest. ...
England's housing market is 'broken', government admits in white paper image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 01:32:18 PM
....England’s housing market is broken, the government has admitted, with home ownership a “distant dream” for young families, as it unveiled a white paper promising a fresh wave of home building. The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, told the House of Commons that average house prices had jumped to 7. ...
UK house prices fell in January for the first time in five months image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 10:34:19 AM
. UK house prices fell at the turn of the year, the first monthly drop since last August, according to Britain’s biggest mortgage lender. ...
If we’re going to tackle the evils of renting, at least do it properly | Penny Anderson image
....Last weekend saw the government announce “a better deal for tenants”. Could it be that someone in Westminster has belatedly realised that buying a home is no longer a viable option? Because of surging house prices, job insecurity, and no access to a deposit, for many it is nigh on impossible. ...
Rising incomes mean nothing if prices rise even faster | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:05:43 AM
....Margaret Thatcher hit us with the perfect storm and there wasn’t a minimum wage until 1997, after several years of Thatcher and Nigel Lawson’s housing policies had made it necessary. It’s gone up most years since then, struggling vainly to keep up with house price-generated inflation. ...
Mortgage affordability unchanged despite rising house prices, report finds image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 12:00:00 AM
....Halifax calculated that new borrowers could expect to spend 30 per cent of their take-home pay on their mortgage in the final quarter of 2016 - unchanged from the percentage a year earlier in the last three months of 2015. The proportion has remained the same despite average house prices having increased by 7 per cent over the past year. ...
Train ticket pricing due for overhaul; plus, Nissan owners driven to anger image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 03:18:38 PM
....UK home to 80% of top-earning European bankers. UK house price growth has hit 14-month low, says Nationwide. ...
UK house price growth has hit 14-month low, says Nationwide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 09:06:31 AM
. UK house prices grew at their weakest annual rate in more than a year in January, in an early sign of the property market slowdown predicted for 2017. ...
UK GDP growth shows consumers spending despite Brexit worries | Larry Elliott image
....A better explanation for the robust performance of the economy is that consumers have carried on spending. The factors that underpinned domestic demand ahead of the referendum – low unemployment, rising house prices and rock-bottom interest rates – are still in place. ...
'It's a crisis that keeps on hurting' - experts debate Brexit watch data image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:10:06 AM
....There were signs of a housing market slowdown in the latest snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. A net balance of 24% of surveyors saw house prices increase rather than decrease in December, a slowdown from 29% in November. ...
UK postcodes with highest burglary rates revealed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 07:01:40 AM
....”. Local councillor Robert Cole, said: “It is one of the more expensive areas of Ilford, with house prices averaging above £500,000, but we have always had a relatively high number of burglaries, which is because we are so close to the M11 and the north circular. ...
UK's new towns surpass national average for house price growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 12:01:18 AM
....Milton Keynes, which is celebrating its 50th birthday, was identified as the best-performing new town for property price growth over the last 30 years. New towns generally have seen house prices go up by 32% over the last 10 years, increasing by just over £55,500, from £173,337 in 2006 to £228,902 in 2016. ...
It’s time to rewrite the rules of economics to end the growing chasm of inequality  | Liam Byrne image
.... Our combination of hyper-loose monetary policy and tight fiscal policy means that the asset-rich get richer while the asset-and-income-poor get battered. If you’re lucky enough to own a house or shares or pension rights, you’ve done well since 2010: the stock market is up 40%; house prices are up by over a quarter; and the “triple lock” on pensions in the UK will have channelled more than £33bn extra to those with pension rights by 2020. ...
The Trump effect has rallied US markets – but it's based on illusion | Robert Shiller image
.... For those who are not too stressed from having taken extreme positions in the markets, it will be interesting (if not profitable) to observe how the illusion morphs into a new perception – one that implies very different levels for speculative markets. • Robert Shiller is a 2013 Nobel laureate in economics, professor of economics at Yale University and the co-creator of the Case-Shiller Index of US house prices. ...
UK housing market falters as estate agents become less optimistic image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of January 2017 07:01:30 AM
....Wales, the south-west and the north-west were the exceptions, with sales increasing last month. Despite a dip in activity across most of the UK, house prices continued to rise, but at a slower pace. ...
House prices in the South East FALL amid Southern Rail chaos image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 04:51:00 PM
....co. uk, which showed house price growth across the Southern Rail network was slower than the rest of England. ...
OAPs are using their homes to top up retirement spending image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 04:00:00 PM
....Pensioners are using equity release to improve their homes, go on holiday, support younger family members, clear debt and fund everyday spending. They have been helped by spiralling house prices, which allows them to raise more money from their property. ...
Five minute guide to the surge in the UK stock market image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
....SURPRISE, SURPRISE . The UK has enjoyed one positive surprise after another, with last week’s official figures showing manufacturing and industrial production growing strongly, while house prices remain buoyant, according to Halifax. ...
Sharp rise in first-time buyers taking mortgages lasting at least 30 years image
....Meanwhile, the average price first-time buyers are paying hit a new high last year, passing the £200,000 mark for the UK as a whole, and rising above £400,000 in London. With high house prices, student debts and a rise in the age at which couples have children, many people are tending to buy a home later and opt for a longer repayment term. ...
Foxtons profits PLUNGE amid fears of a London property crash image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 12:08:00 PM
....". Earlier this week, Halifax revealed house prices across Britain had jumped by 1. ...
Foxtons shares slump after significant fall in London property sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 09:45:19 AM
.... Should current levels of sales activity continue in the short term, it is likely that 2017 volumes will be below those in 2016,” he said. A company spokesman said Foxtons had been hit by uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote, affecting foreign buyers in particular; the impact of last April’s 3% stamp duty rise on the top end of the market; and general affordability issues, with rising house prices far outstripping wage growth in recent years. ...
One blunt heckler has revealed just how much our economists are failing us | Aditya Chakrabortty image
....When I first read that woman’s comment, it reminded me of something I’ve picked up in my reporting during the past half-decade. Even while David Cameron and George Osborne were boasting on camera of a record-breaking recovery, on the road I noticed two things: hardly anyone I spoke to outside London and the south-east believed that there was any such recovery; and hardly anyone I interviewed within the M25 believed the recovery was based on much more than house prices and debt. ...
UK house price average surges by £4,000 in December image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 11:20:19 AM
House price inflation picks up with Luton the 2016 hotspot, Halifax says image
....A town best known for its airport, Vauxhall vans, and as the home of Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, was the UK's property hotspot last year, according to the UK's largest mortgage lender. Luton saw house prices rise 19. ...
Why we must make homes truly affordable for our key workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 7th of January 2017 07:00:12 AM
.... Rents in the borough of Westminster, for example, close to St Thomas’ Hospital, have risen by more than 16% in the last 16 months, reaching £2,171 on average in November, as recorded by the HomeLet rental index. Meanwhile, the typical house price in Westminster has hit £961,000, according to government data. ...
Is Britain’s rail network getting worse? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 05:34:17 PM
....The rail industry likes to argue that it has been a victim of its own success – that a doubling of passenger numbers since privatisation has meant trains and track are more and more intensively used, especially at peak times. Passenger satisfaction, measured by the national Transport Focus survey, confirms that people are particularly unhappy in the south-east, where soaring house prices have pushed more people out of the capital, meaning they must rely on commuter trains to maintain jobs. ...
Five things economists can do to regain trust image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 11:49:04 AM
....To use a simple example, economists forecasting the impact of a vote for Brexit forecast the sudden change in the UK’s political outlook and uncertainty around its future trading relationships would spook consumers and investors. That, they said, could knock consumer spending, hit share prices and send house prices lower as people stopped shopping, investing and making big decisions such as moving house. ...
Young to inherit more but in less equal amounts, says IFS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 11:05:09 AM
....But those likely to benefit the most are those who are already well off, or who already benefit from high incomes, the independent think-tank said. According to the research, the richest half of elderly households hold 90% of the wealth, largely as a result of increasing home ownership and rising house prices. ...
Richest young people in UK also likely to inherit most wealth, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 12:01:34 AM
....The study concluded that inequality was likely to increase and social mobility hindered as pensioners bequeathed the wealth they had accumulated as a result of rising home ownership and property-price inflation. “Between 2002-03 and 2012-13, the wealth of elderly households (those in which all members are 80 or older) increased by 45%, mostly as a result of higher homeownership and rising house prices,” the IFS study said. ...
UK credit binge approaching levels not seen since 2008 crash image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 01:41:55 PM
....But the Bank’s figures showed homeowners remained upbeat, with the number of mortgages for house purchase approved by lenders rising to an eight-month high of 67,505, from a slightly downwardly revised 67,371 in October. The Bank forecast in November that mortgage approvals would slow to a monthly average of 65,000 over the next six months, and major lenders expect weaker house price growth. ...
Celebrity deaths: Stars highlight the inheritance tax risk image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . The IHT threshold has been held at £325,000 since 2009, or £650,000 for married couples, while spiralling house prices have dragged more ordinary families into the net. ...
House prices 2017 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 2nd of January 2017 11:30:29 PM
.... House prices grew much faster in eastern England and the West Midlands than in London, according to Zoopla. London's annual house price growth for 2016 (3. ...
Happy new year? 2017 rings in more commuter misery and higher bills image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 2nd of January 2017 06:59:18 AM
.... Commuters, already worn down by strike-interrupted trains, can expect to see ticket prices go up yet again. There is some light at the end of the tunnel – the national living wage is due to go up in April, while for homebuyers, house price rises are expected to slow, although this will be tempered by an increase in demand as a result of the lack of housing stock on the market. ...

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