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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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Vulnerable customers at risk from SMI changes

22 March 2018

Blog first published on Politics Home website on 22/3/18

On 5 April 2018, the Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) benefit will be changed to a second charge loan.  DWP via Serco has issued thousands of letters and made thousands of telephone calls to many current benefit recipients to let them know what is going on and what signing up to an SMI loan entails.  But there are still up to 80,000 households who for whatever reason have either not yet engaged or in the case of around half of them may not have yet been contacted.  This is a challenge that could well have a long tail with vulnerable borrowers  seeing their arrears rise.

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Proportionality in banking regulation - another powerful speech from Bundesbank's Dr Dombret

05 March 2018

Dr Andreas Dombret of the German Bundesbank returns to the case for proportionality in banking regulation in a powerful new speech.

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Building societies win two key awards at the British Bank Awards 2018

05 March 2018

Building Societies performed well in this year's British Bank Awards. For the second year in a row, our sector took home two key awards.

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