The Queen confirmed proposals to remove housing benefit from many young people and reduce the overall benefit cap by £58 a week. Shelter has long campaigned against the removal of housing benefit from young people unable to live with their families, as this would inevitably drive more people into homelessness.
Small business needs continuing support from the government and I believe that the outcome of the election gives small to medium businesses the best chance at increasing their positions as the employers of tomorrow.
Has there ever been an election where housing (or the lack of it) has been so high on the agenda? There can be no questioning of the fact that the current young generations are having things much more difficult when it comes to affording homes whether it be owning them or renting them and whilst this is in general a national problem the issue is highly acute in London.
The government needs to re-evaluate the Right to Buy scheme and establish a new way for citizens to live comfortably. If they focused on creating long-term options such as rent-only neighborhoods, or providing more funds to citizens with a low-income, the housing crisis could soon become a thing of the past.
Many pubs are important parts of the communities they serve, and every pub is different. If a pub closes its doors forever then its distinctiveness, atmosphere and character are lost forever. Just because there may be another pub down the road doesn't mean it will be an adequate replacement.
When the subletting legislature makes its way to parliament, the Chancellor must take care to ensure that tenants remain safe, landlords hold less liability for subtenants, and the housing supply isn't diminished by mass rent-to-rent schemes.
Establishing a definitive strategy with regards to property and estate agency legislation is no straightforward matter. The fact that house prices are influenced by market forces will always mean that tinkering with the system is inherently complex and, indeed, risky.
Despite the relative success of the Help to Buy scheme and the hope surrounding the recent announcement of a Help to Buy ISA, finance still remains a significant barrier facing prospective homeowners hoping to step on to the ladder, with many finding themselves pushed to their financial limits in their attempts to purchase a home
Colourful, mandatory, and costing around £100 - but is anyone buying a house ever influenced to make a purchase decision based on its Energy Performance Certificate ?
By most objective analysis, corruption is not as bad in the UK as in some parts of the world; but it is much more profound in the UK than many people understand or admit. Perhaps the biggest danger for the UK is complacency.
Millions were wringing their hands this week in anxiety over the fate of BBC motormouth Jeremy Clarkson. Meanwhile, on the streets of East London on Thursday night the police were cracking down on Class War's sweary summing up of popular sentiment towards our political leaders, to complete indifference of the media.
The current housing and property crisis affects all Londoners and it is of utmost importance that the Chancellor addresses these issues. It is our responsibility as citizens and government officials to tackle this situation head-on in order to improve the quality of life for all Londoners.
How expensive are house prices now for first time buyers? It can be a difficult question to answer, but we've calculated that the average house price in England is £76,873 or 38.8% more than it should be. And that's only for the increasingly small group that can still afford to buy a home.
If you walk down a residential street in central London, the chances are that some, perhaps the majority, of property is owned by overseas buyers. You might wonder who they are. To find out, your first port of call would be the Land Registry, which lists who owns property in England and Wales. What this might tell you is that many properties are indeed owned by overseas buyers - but not the ones you would expect.
One of the first things you'll need to decide is when you are thinking of moving. If you are looking to move in the immediate future, your focus will be on making aesthetic improvements to make your home more 'sellable'. Alternatively, if a move is a year or more away you could benefit from taking on a more significant project to add value to your home.
Rising interest rates could also affect house buyers across the East and West Midlands. If the Bank of England decides to increase discount rate from its record low of 0.5 per cent, the cost of borrowing will rise, but we are divided across the industry as to whether we will experience a rise in 2015, as it is possible for changes not to come into fruition until next year.