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News and views on topical issues from BSA staff and guests.

Another strong year for building societies at the Moneyfacts Awards 2018

13 June 2018

Last night five hundred guests gathered at the iconic Pavilion at the Tower of London to celebrate the Moneyfacts Awards 2018. Building societies had another fruitful year, taking home six awards, including Best Remortgage Provider, Best First-Time Buyer Mortgage Provider, Regional Lending Provider of the Year, Best Online Mortgage Provider, Best Building Society Savings Provider and Best Building Society Mortgage Provider.

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The BSA receives Dementia Friends training from Newcastle Building Society

21 May 2018

This month the BSA undertook Dementia Friends training at its head offices.

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Retirement interest-only mortgages: Three things to consider

21 May 2018

Retirement interest-only (RIO) mortgages are a product that should play into the natural strengths of building societies: a high degree of careful manual underwriting and relentless focus on customer need.

The BSA is pleased that the FCA acted quickly to bring RIO mortgages into the rulebook after recognising during their ageing population work that these products could provide a good solution for some customers.

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A building society lodges the first digitally signed mortgage deed

21 May 2018

After two years of work, including user testing, private beta and public beta, in April the first ever digitally signed mortgage deed was registered at HM Land Registry – and a building society holds the mortgage.

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Educating the next generation

18 May 2018

The BSA help to deliver financial education to one London primary school with the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Mike Regnier, the Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Building Society and Nigel Moore, the Strand Branch Manager.

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Guest blog: How realistic is the seven-day remortgage?

09 May 2018

Associate Knowledge: Guest blog from BSA Associate, LMS

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Guest blog: Research & Development tax relief

01 May 2018

Associate Knowledge: Guest blog from BSA Associate, RSM

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What’s democracy got to do with it?

26 April 2018

A guest blog by Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK.

It is easy to talk nowadays. We have more ways than ever of expressing our views, from tweets, blogs and updates to the incessant polls that dominate our newspapers. But it can all feel tribal, with social media feeds acting as an echo chamber. Is it as easy to listen?

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Guest blog: Seamless communication for AGMs

16 April 2018

Associate Knowledge: Guest blog from Paragon Customer Communications

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The MoneyAge Awards 2018: window for entries now open

10 April 2018

The window for entries to this year's MoneyAge Awards is now open.

Now in its third year, these awards celebrate excellence, professionalism and innovation in personal finance space and for the first time the BSA is one of the Supporters.

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Building society savers £775 million better off in 2017

09 April 2018

People saving with building societies earned £775 million in additional interest on their savings last year than if they had earned the average interest rates paid by large Monetary Financial Institutions, a group mainly comprising the big banks.

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Yorkshire Building Society receives ministerial visit

29 March 2018

Apprenticeships and skills Minister Anne Milton MP visited YBS after the Society offered up to 24 apprenticeships in IT, Customer Services, Project Management and Cyber Security.  All apprentices at YBS are paid above the Living Wage and recruited on a permanent contract, entitling them to the same benefits as a non-apprentice.

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