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Housing Market Activity Picks Up in Scotland

Average house prices in Scotland reached £146,354 in August this year, which is a rise of 3.9% over August 2016 but a fall of 0.7% compared to July 2017.
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Research into Probate and Inheritance Planning

Recent research into estate planning and the probate process in Ireland has revealed a worrying lack of preparation for the future, with the majority of adults not having a will in place. Researchers also revealed significant problems with the probate process, describing it as “at best protracted, and at worst broken”.

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More Support Needed for Kinship Carers

The contribution of kinship carers has been the focus of attention recently, after a new campaign highlighted that around 200,000 children live in kinship care around the UK.

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Rise in Multiple Property Ownership

There has been a sharp rise in the proportion of adults owning more than one property in the UK, according to new research by the Resolution Foundation.

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Factors Affecting Relationship Success

The different factors that can affect the success of a relationship or the likelihood of a marriage ending in divorce still appear to be popular areas of study for researchers. While some of these factors can seem quite obvious, others would appear on the face of it to have less of a direct link to relationship happiness.

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Strange Bequests and Inheritance Battles

The New York Post recently reported that a wealthy widow from New York left $300,000 in her will to her two cats, with instructions that the money be used to make sure they are well looked after for the rest of their lives.
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Scotland’s Most Expensive Property Locations

Edinburgh is Scotland’s most expensive property location on a per square metre basis at £2,492 compared to the Scottish average of £1,529, new research from Bank of Scotland has revealed.
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Study Reveals Increased Take-up of Equity Release

There has been a 30% increase in equity release sales over the past twelve months, according to new analysis by Saga.
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First-Time Buyers Face Record High Prices

The first six months of 2017 saw a 3% increase in the number of first-time buyers, taking the total to an estimated 162,704 compared to 154,200 in the same period of 2016.

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Child Maintenance Service Criticised over Loopholes

A new report from single parent charity Gingerbread has levelled criticism at the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) for failing to ensure children received the appropriate level of support.

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Too Many are Risking a Disappointing Retirement

Too many people are still failing to plan and save sufficiently for their retirement and as a result are ‘sleep-walking’ towards a retirement that will not live up to their aspirations.

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Divorce Numbers Fall Across Britain

The Office for National Statistics has recently published details of the number of divorces that took place in England and Wales during 2015.

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Scottish House Prices Rise at Faster Rate than UK Average

Average house prices in Scotland are increasing at a higher rate than the UK average, according to the latest UK House Price Index (UK HPI). 

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Research Reveals Evolution in Housing and Mortgage Markets

New research into recent trends in the housing and mortgage lending markets has revealed that borrowing into older age is likely to be much more common over the next ten years.

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Report Calls for Stronger Enforcement by Child Maintenance Service

The new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) must be prepared and resourced to automatically take-over the more difficult or complicated child support non-payment cases from the CSA, and must be ‘toothier’ in enforcing payment.

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The Impact of Divorce on Retirement Income

A new study by Prudential into the impact of divorce on retirement income has found that retirees who have gone through a divorce will generally have a lower income than those who have never divorced, and are also more likely to be in debt.

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Report on Closure of Old Child Maintenance Schemes Published

The National Audit Office recently published the findings of its investigation into the Department for Work & Pensions’ closure of its 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes.

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Research Reveals Lack of Financial Protection

New research by Aviva has highlighted that many families are risking their financial wellbeing by failing to take out sufficient financial protection.

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Pension Savings Still Worryingly Low for Many

Too many people are still failing to make adequate financial provision for their retirement, new research by Prudential has found.

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Rise in New Build Home Completions

The latest Quarterly Housing Statistics from Scotland’s Chief Statistician have revealed that 16,309 new build homes were completed in the 12 months to September 2016. This is an increase of 1% on the 16,152 homes completed in the previous year.

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