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Could Britain’s chronic housing shortage be solved by using insurers’ assets? Jamie Dunkley and Russell Lynch report

Elderly lead fight against freehold fees

Age UK says charge system is flawed but Government rejects reform. Alison Shepherd and Julian Knight report on a growing row

Coalition ministers plan united conference front

The Liberal Democrats have traditionally been forced to scream – or beg – for attention when they hold their annual conference. But it could not be more different this year with an unprecedented spotlight about to be trained on the Coalition Government's junior partners.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (22 August 2010)

As a Pakistani I am no less touched by the catastrophe of the floods than the persuasive Ayesha Siddiqa ("My country needs help, not disapproval", 15 August).

'Nimby' charter will help small groups block development

David Cameron's Big Society vision will make it easier for a handful of Nimbys to block new homes in rural areas, killing village life and hastening the demise of post offices, schools and pubs, a damning report will warn this week. It condemns a plan to allow just 10 per cent of villagers to block new homes for local people as a "giant step backwards".

All new homes to run on green power by 2016

Developers failing to reach zero-carbon standards will be charged a levy to fund local energy plants

Fears of rift in coalition as Hughes attacks homes plan

The prospect that council tenants in Britain could be evicted because the state decides they are too well off has threatened to open a rift in the coalition Government.

Hughes warns Tories over fixed-term council tenancies

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes today warned the Prime Minister that fixed-term council tenancy agreements "in no way represent the policy of the coalition".

Tribunal condemns council spying

Town hall snoopers were dealt a blow today after a landmark ruling against a council that spied on a family to check they were living in the right school catchment area.

Worst case scenario warns of repossessions hike

Home repossessions could soar to 175,000 in 2012 if the Government fails to tackle the UK's deficit, it was warned today.

How not to lose out to your landlord

With rents rising and legal protection falling by the wayside, it's never been a tougher time to be a tenant. Graham Norwood seeks expert advice

Don't be conned by excessive service charges

Leaseholders are banding together to tackle inflated bills set by managing agents. Alison Shepherd reports

Julian Knight: Minister says all is well with leaseholders. He'd better think again...

A new fire escape? That'll be &pound;32,000. How leaching management companies are making lives a misery

Quangos slammed over public sector awards

Controversial quangos set up to boost England's regional economies award almost two-thirds of all grants to other public sector groups, research found today.

'Flawed' counting system for rough sleepers to be changed

The current method for counting the number of rough sleepers in the UK will be radically overhauled to give a more accurate picture of how many people are sleeping on Britain’s streets, the government announced today.

Government scraps private landlord regulation plans

Plans for new regulation of private landlords are being scrapped, housing minister Grant Shapps said today.

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