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Government to explore how to make home buying “less stressful”

Government to explore how to make home buying “less stressful”

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New rules could be put into place as the Government looks for ways to make house buying easier. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has launched an investigation that will collect evidence from estate agents, mortgage lenders and solicitors, in an attempt to make the process “cheaper, faster and less stressful.” Some issues that will be explored are: ways to tackle ‘gazumping’, a technique used by sellers to accept the highest offer to the detriment of the buyer building “trust and confidence” between buyer and seller, with schemes such as the ‘lock-in agreements’, where the two parties agree to ‘lock’ themselves into negotiations encouraging buyers and sellers to collect information in advance so homes are “sale ready” innovating the house buying process by making more i
Church of England to debate services for same-sex couples after first time approval from bishop

Church of England to debate services for same-sex couples after first time approval from bishop

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The Anglican Church will vote on approving blessings for gay couples after a motion was passed by a diocese and backed by its bishop  It comes from the Diocese of Hereford the proposal to introduce services for same-sex couples after having performed a civil partnership. The motion will seek approval from the Church of England Synod for the first time, after being passed by the diocesan assembly. Reverend Richard Frith, bishop of Hereford, declared that the move comes after several requests for blessings from same-sex couples within the diocese. He explained to the News & Star that “the motion is part of a much wider debate, asks for guidance on materials to be used in affirming and praying with same-sex couples.” He also said that clergy is encouraged to approach reques
Second teenager faces charges for fatal stabbing outside tube station

Second teenager faces charges for fatal stabbing outside tube station

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Shafiq Smith,18, has been charged with the murder of a man outside Parsons Green tube station. Shafiq Smith,18, from Brudenell Road, south-west London, appeared today at magistrates' court. As reported by the BBC, the teenager spoke in the Wimbledon court only to confirm his name and age. Mr. Smith was sent back into custody whilst awaiting the trial preparation hearing at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 25 October. A 16-year-old from Shildon, County Durham, was also charged for the incident in Parsons Green. The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared before Wimbledon Youth Court on 19 October and will face trial on Monday. The young man who died after suffering a triple stabbing, was named by police as Omid Saidy, 20, from Fulham. The young man was pronounced dead
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