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  • Build to rent consultation closes

    Earlier this year the Government issued a consultation about changes to planning policy affecting the 'Build To Rent' sector'. The consultation received responses from a variety of stakeholders ranging from private individuals to local authorities as well as developers and investors.

    An overwhelming majority of respondents supported the specific recognition of Build To Rent and Affordable Private Rent by means of their inclusion as defined terms into the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which would recognise its benefits at a national level and encourage Local Planning Authorities to consider it when assessing the delivery of housing within their areas.

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  • A new immigration system is expected to be in place in March 2019

    Immigration was one of the key topics during the referendum campaign in June 2016. Concern and confusion have been mounting in the 13 months that have followed the vote in favour of Brexit, not least amongst EU citizens living in the UK but also amongst employers, who face uncertainty about the position with regard to the ending of EU free movement and the knock on effect this will inevitably have on the labour market post Brexit.

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  • The relative worth of BBC talent

    Lorraine Heard, Legal Director, said: "Today's disclosure of the salaries of the BBC top talent list raises two interesting gender pay issues.  Firstly there is a striking imbalance between the number of males and females on the list.  Whilst this calls into question the organisation's approach to gender equality in general it does not, of itself, establish unlawful behaviour


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  • Queen's Speech confirms ban on letting agents charging fees to tenants

    In the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced an intention to introduce a ban on letting agents charging fees to tenants. The consultation period closed on 2 June 2017 and the Queen's Speech has confirmed the Government's intention that the ban will form part of their legislative programme, currently packaged as "the Tenants' Fees Bill". Despite the Conservatives not controlling a commanding majority in the House of Commons it is a change which appears highly likely to progress into law as there is no evidence from any of the parties manifestos that this position will be opposed by them.

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  • Queen's Speech and transport policies

    The Queen's Speech was dominated by Brexit, with transport related policies forming only a brief element of the plans set out by the Government. That being said, a key piece of legislation for the High Speed Rail project is set to start it's next phase of progress through legislation with the introduction of the High Speed Phase 2A Bill. This will see the extension of High Speed Rail from the West Midlands to Crewe and follows the granting of Royal Assent to the HS2 Phase 1 Bill earlier this year. The preferred route for Phase 2A has been confirmed by the Government and it is clear that progress is being made on the project.        

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