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‘It would really help us’: renters in the UK who want a 100% mortgage

No-deposit loan presents possible route out of rental trap to those deemed eligible When Skipton, one of Britain’s biggest building societies, launched the UK’s first 100% mortgage exclusively for renters last month, reactions varied wildly. While some commentators regard the first-of-its-kind home loan as a “revolutionary” way to get people out of the rental trap […]

UK households with communal heating facing 350% rise in energy costs

Surge in energy costs filtering through to low-income households on shared heat networks Lambeth council tenants ‘in precarious position’ after 350% service charge rise Residents in council homes and private flats with communal heating systems are experiencing a “nightmare” rise in their energy bills, with households scrambling to fund increases of up to 350%. An […]

Food banks supported 800,000 UK children in 2021-22, data shows

One-fifth of UK population was in relative poverty after first year of pandemic, when support measures scrapped Families including 800,000 children were forced to turn to food banks to feed themselves as poverty levels started to rise again after the first year of the pandemic, the first official figures on UK food bank use show. […]

Want to properly plug the UK’s north-south divide? Look to Germany | Larry Elliott

Boosting spending power, increasing public funding for science and tech skills, R&D and infrastructure could work Britain has been struggling to find a solution to its north-south divide since the staple industries of the Industrial Revolution – textiles and coal – started to decline in the early 20th century. It is not a unique problem. […]

Priced-out UK house-hunters turn to lorry-sized tiny homes

Trailer-like homes are attracting people struggling to buy or rent a house. Our writer went to size one up You might bump your head, and the wheels betray its caravan roots, but it’s yours – and that’s the key for a growing number of people fleeing the UK housing crisis in a “tiny home”. Factory-built, […]