Reviewal date set for housing market in Wales to fully open

Friday 10 July 2020

First Minister, Mark Drakeford has today, 10 July 2020 announced in his statement reviewing the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations that the Welsh Government will consider reopening the housing market, to allow viewings in occupied properties, from 27 July 2020.

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Apprenticeships soften pandemic blow to employment for young people

Wednesday 08 July 2020

As part of today’s announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, apprenticeships are to receive a huge boost from the UK Government's measures to grow jobs and strengthen the economy.

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Government introduces Job Retention Scheme

Wednesday 08 July 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, launched today, 8 July, a new scheme to encourage business to keep furloughed workers providing a £1,000 one-off payment to UK employers for every employee they bring back from furlough, who remains in employment until the end of January 2021.

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More support for Universal Credit announced in Summer Statement

Wednesday 08 July 2020

In his Summer Statement today, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that millions of people are moving onto Universal Credit because of the Coronavirus pandemic and the UK Government will double the number of Work Coaches in Job Centres.

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Additional dwellings higher stamp duty still applies

Wednesday 08 July 2020

On the back of The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s, announcement today, 8 July, on the temporary overhaul of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), landlords wishing to buy an additional home to rent will still have to pay the additional higher rate.

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Regulations on local lockdown published

Friday 03 July 2020

The UK Government has published Regulations for Leicester which clarify that agents do not need to cease viewings or close branches in areas of local lockdown.

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Prime Minister promises “Project Speed” will increase home building

Wednesday 01 July 2020

Boris Johnson announced today, 30 June, an ambitious £5bn plan to boost the UK economy with a focus on infrastructure development. The funding will be used for building homes, public services, and transport links, and adds substance to his “build, build, build” pledge to change planning laws to prevent delays in large-scale building projects and deliver greener and faster homes.

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Welsh Government issue guidance for housing sector

Thursday 25 June 2020

Following the announcement on Friday 19 June of a partial reopening of the housing market in Wales from Monday 22 June, the Welsh Government has just released guidance for agents and landlords.

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Welsh Gov FAQs addresses five-mile travel rules

Monday 22 June 2020

Following the announcement on Friday of a partial reopening of the housing market in Wales from today (Monday 22 June), the Welsh Government have released further information via FAQs which provides detail about the lifting of the five-mile travel restrictions for the property sector.

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Partial reopening of housing market in Wales from 22 June

Friday 19 June 2020

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford has announced that there will be a partial reopening of the housing market in Wales from Monday 22 June 2020.

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House moves from 29 June in Scotland

Thursday 18 June 2020

The Scottish Government has announced that Scotland will move to the second stage of the coronavirus lockdown exit plan and this means a relaxation on restrictions on house moves from Monday 29 June 2020.

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Court of Appeal rules Ivory Act 2018 is lawful

Wednesday 10 June 2020

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the High Court that the Ivory Act 2018 which prohibits ivory dealing with very limited exceptions is lawful and does not contain unlawful trading restrictions.

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Rebecca Marsh announced as new Property Ombudsman

Friday 05 June 2020

From October 2020, Rebecca Marsh will take up the role of The Property Ombudsman, taking over from Katrine Sporle CBE, whose five-year contract comes to an end on 31 October.

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Discretion in Scottish COVID-19 grant scheme means eligible agencies should get help

Thursday 04 June 2020

The Scottish Government has responded to concerns raised by Propertymark on behalf of its members, following reports that some Scottish agents had been denied access to business support schemes when local authorities declared the grant is not available to their sector.

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How agents can help vulnerable customers during self-isolation

Wednesday 03 June 2020

Some customers who are self-isolating because they are higher risk may face other challenges apart from the direct risk and impact of the virus, Agents are a key part of local communities and can provide housing and support to those in need.

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Pearson VUE test centres now open for Propertymark Qualifications exams in England

Tuesday 02 June 2020

Pearson VUE test centres have now opened with limited capacity allowing Propertymark Qualifications candidates to sit their exams. There are strict health and safety measures in place to ensure everyone's safety including reduced seat numbers so that social distancing can be followed.

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Easing of lockdown restrictions in Wales

Tuesday 02 June 2020

First Minister Mark Drakeford has today announced the latest parameters for movement in Wales. The announcement focused on allowing some social interaction but was clear that the priority is physically limiting spread.

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Greater flexibility built into Job Retention Scheme

Monday 01 June 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Friday 29 May, changes to the Job Retention Scheme (commonly known as the Furlough Scheme).

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NHS announce stay at home measures on the back of new test and trace service

Friday 29 May 2020

With effect from 28 May 2020, individuals who have been notified that they have had contact with an infected person and instructed to stay at home for 14 days under the new NHS test and trace system will also be deemed incapable of work and eligible for SSP (statutory sick pay).

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Property sector moves into Phase One in Scotland

Thursday 28 May 2020

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has said that the conditions are there to allow Scotland to move into Phase One of its four-phase route-map out of the Coronavirus crisis from 28 May 2020.

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Post pandemic plan: Managing annual leave

Thursday 28 May 2020

With businesses in England looking to reopen, and those in other parts of the UK still under lockdown, agency managers may struggle to balance the annual leave needs of staff with keeping the business running both now and when offices are reopened.

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Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act in force

Thursday 28 May 2020

The Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 received Royal Assent on Tuesday 26 May 2020 and the law came into force on 27 May 2020. The legislation has been introduced to work alongside the provisions contained in the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act, which received Royal Assent on 6 April.

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£1 billion building safety fund announced by the Government

Wednesday 27 May 2020

The fund is aimed at putting the safety of residents first to remove and replace unsafe non-ACM cladding systems in residential buildings over 18 metres and provide sprinkler systems in all new blocks of high-rise residential buildings over 11 metres.

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Employers must contribute to extended furlough scheme from August

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has laid out how he expects to move businesses off the Coronavirus job Retention Scheme, meaning that some agencies must begin to start part-paying salaries for furloughed staff.

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Money Laundering registration now open for letting agencies

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Registration for UK letting agencies is now open with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) who are the supervisory body for the property sector.

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SSP reimbursement now available

Tuesday 26 May 2020

The Government has announced that employers in England can claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Reimbursement from today, Tuesday 26 May 2020 which form part of their financial support to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Scottish Government releases phased route map

Friday 22 May 2020

A five-phase route map was released on 21 May, with a brief mention in Phase One about the safe reopening of the housing market.

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Anti-Money Laundering (AML) deferral payment offered by HMRC

Friday 22 May 2020

Businesses whose annual fees for money laundering supervision are due between 1 May and 30 September 2020 may apply to HMRC for a six-month break or deregister if they have ceased trading due to Coronavirus.

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Scottish Government to introduce additional changes to the property sector

Friday 22 May 2020

The Coronavirus (Scotland) No 2 Bill was passed on Wednesday 20 May and is likely to receive Royal Assent imminently. The Bill introduces new emergency measures and adds to the changes made by the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020.

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Post pandemic plan: What agents should consider if a second #StayAtHome occurs

Thursday 21 May 2020

Given the uncertain times ahead, agents should consider revitalising their agency and continue adapting to reap the benefits if a second stay at home measure may be on the cards.

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