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BSA Conference

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28 April 2016

Around 500 people are expected to gather at The Sage in Gateshead on 18 and 19 May for the 2016 Building Societies Association Conference #BSA2016.  Over the two days they will hear from a wide range of speakers from inside the sector and out, and from within the UK, Europe an...

Complexities around the new Apprenticeship Levy

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30 August 2016

O ne thing is sure this summer – very few things in the political world have stood still and this has had inevitable knock-on effects across the great organ of Government.  August may see both Houses of Parliament in Recess, but Government continues.   The critical changes...

Cyber-Security an inevitable consequence of the interconnectedness of everything

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hilary mcvitty,
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31 May 2016

Listening to Richard Horne, a Partner at PwC specialising in Cyber Security, speaking at the BSA Conference, it became abundantly clear that cyber everything is proliferating.  With the increase in ‘digital’ and just the sheer cyber interconnectedness of everything comes signi...

Ill-designed European Union risks fixed-rate mortgage lending in the UK

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01 September 2015

Fixed rate mortgages are massively popular with consumers, 68 per cent of all mortgage products from building societies in the first half of 2015 were fixed rate. With the narrative from the Bank of England hinting that the base rate will start to rise later this year or ea...

New students begin Leadership and Management MSc programme

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27 October 2016

The BSA and Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, welcomed the new (second) intake onto the first year of their Leadership & Management MSc in mid-October.  This three-year programme covers key topics to grow internal leadership talent, from financial mana...

The branch of the future

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31 May 2016

Listening to John Warren and Barnaby Davis speak about branches of the future at the BSA Annual Conference, in a presentation as engaging and interactive as the topic itself, it quickly became apparent that although branches have come a long, long way in the last 30 years, thi...

What's coming up in Parliament?

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hilary mcvitty,
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29 October 2015

MPs are only recently back from the party conferences and the House of Commons and the House of Lords will rise for the Christmas Recess on 17 and 22 December respectively.  Between now and then there will only be around 30 business days – and much to do.  Core business wil...

National Numeracy Challenge

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hilary mcvitty,
Last updated:
12 March 2014

We use numbers in our daily lives, often without even realising it.  We need number skills to check that we’ve been given the right change or to buy the right amount of ingredients to cook a meal, just as much as to check our bank statement or work out a monthly household ...

What do the new mortgage regulations mean for you?

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hilary mcvitty,
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26 April 2014

What has changed? On 26 April 2014 new rules came into force which changed the way that the sale of mortgages is regulated. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which regulates all mortgage lenders in the UK, has changed its rules following a long and detailed review. T...

Approach to regulation risks creating new points of market failure

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hilary mcvitty,
Last updated:
19 May 2015

Approach to regulation risks creating new points of market failure Opening the BSA Conference in Harrogate today (20 May), Chief Executive, Robin Fieth called on the new Government to take early active steps to encourage and support a properly functioning financial service...

Around half of young borrowers will need a mortgage lasting into retirement

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hilary mcvitty,
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16 June 2015

Around half of 25-34 year olds say they may need a mortgage that lasts into retirement, a BSA survey has revealed.   Over a quarter (27%) of people in this age group also think they may struggle getting a mortgage into retirement because their credit history, income lev...

Barriers to home ownership fall as housing market sentiment improves

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hilary mcvitty,
Last updated:
09 December 2015

UK consumers have reported that all the major barriers to property purchase have fallen, the BSA’s final Property Tracker of 2015 reveals. Raising a deposit - the single biggest barrier since 2010 - is now at its lowest level for six years. However, it still presents a bar...

Brexit must be a catalyst for beneficial change for consumers

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hilary mcvitty,
Last updated:
17 November 2016

Speaking at the BSA’s Annual lunch, BSA Chairman, Dick Jenkins, outlined his views on Brexit and launched a new BSA housing report which recommends ten actions aimed at bringing new housebuilding technologies into the mainstream to help address the housing crisis. On Brexit...

BSA Budget submission

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hilary mcvitty,
Last updated:
09 March 2015

In advance of the last Budget of this Parliament on 18 March, the BSA has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking for urgent and concerted action to help home buyers - particularly younger buyers.    We have suggested that there is an opportunity for the money tha...

BSA comment on the Budget

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hilary mcvitty,
Last updated:
17 March 2016

There is much to be welcomed in the Chancellor’s budget, in particular the new Lifetime ISA. We will, as always after a Budget, now work with officials on all the details. Savings: We are very interested in the Lifetime ISA which provides substantial Government cont...