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Guest blog: Creating the right offering for Gen-C

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27 October 2021

Guest blog by Sara Parker, Chief Product Officer at Mutual Vision Digital, community and purpose – what the pandemic has taught us and why it’s not just relevant to young people. I wrote in the forward to this year’s BSA Building Societies Guide that it is well-known th...

Guest blog: Nationwide Building Society's Mutual Good Commitments

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04 November 2021

First published in Society Matters magazine, by Claire Tracey, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Nationwide Building Society Nationwide was founded with a strong social purpose - to help people to save for a home of their own. Today, we are a mutual Society, owned...

Self and Custom Build

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29 October 2020

What is Custom & Self Build? The term self build can be misleading as relatively few individuals physically build their own home. A typical self builder may do some of the work but primarily they manage the process of building their own home including finding the plot and...

Forward thinking for customer needs is more vital than ever

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09 November 2021

First published in Society Matters magazine, by Colin Field, Chief Executive, Saffron Building Society The original purpose for the Building Society formed by Richard Ketley in 1775 was clear. It responded to an urgent need for affordable housing that was lacking at t...

Guest blog: Why is everyone talking about purpose?

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17 November 2021

First published in Society Matters magazine, by Frances McCann, CEO Scotwest Credit Union You may have noticed that everywhere you look these days, someone is talking about purpose. So why is this and why is it so important? This is a question we’ve been asking ourselve...

Building societies report growth in mortgage lending and savings balances

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22 November 2021

Figures released today from the Building Societies Association for Q3 2021 show continued momentum in the housing market, with gross lending by building societies up 22% compared to the same period in 2020.   Savings balances at building societies have grown strongly, inc...

Guest blog - Purpose: Embed it to succeed

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24 November 2021

First published in Society Matters magazine, by Lucy Traynor, Director, Deloitte. What does "purpose" mean? We define purpose as "an organisation's explicit drive to create value beyond profit, specifically for our planet and the people on it". To break this definition do...

BSA welcomes the Government's announcement on First Homes and Help to Build schemes

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26 November 2021

Commenting on today’s announcement , Paul Broadhead, BSA Head of Mortgage & Housing Policy, said: "The BSA welcomes the Government's announcement today on its First Homes and Help to Build schemes. “The First Homes scheme forms a key part of Government’s offer to first-...

3rd Party Release: UK Finance launches updated Financial Abuse Code

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10 December 2021

Customers experiencing financial difficulties as a result of economic abuse will receive further support to help them regain control of their finances and their independence, as part of an updated industry Code. The changes, in UK Finance’s revised voluntary Financial Abu...

End of Government support schemes not expected to knock confidence in the housing market

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29 September 2021

  Released today, results from the Building Societies Association (BSA) quarterly Property Tracker survey reveals that: Risk of job loss as a barrier to home ownership continues to decline Around a half of consumers think house prices will continue to rise Energy ef...

BSA responds to the Financial Stability Report – December 2021

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13 December 2021

Commenting on the announcement by the FPC of a consultation on the +3% stress test, Paul Broadhead, Head of Mortgage and Housing Policy at the BSA said: “We welcome the Financial Policy Committee's intention to withdraw the affordability stress test for new mortgages. This...

First-time buyers underestimate the intergenerational support available to them

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14 December 2021

Raising a deposit continues to be the biggest obstacle for first-time buyers Majority think older family members should help younger ones buy a home Many first-time buyers not factoring in the family financial help available to them Research from the Building Socie...

Guest blog: Are you ready for a green recovery?

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14 December 2021

First published in the Autumn edition of Society Matters magazine, by Peter Toole, Strategic Relationships Director, Paragon Customer Communications As member expectations continue to rise and regulatory pressures around green practices burgeon, sustainability could prov...

Autumn Awards success for building societies

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16 December 2021

This Autumn has seen success for a number of building societies in three recent Awards ceremonies, covering savings, excellence in business and personal finance. Savings Champion Awards 2022 The Savings Champion Awards , announced in early December, acknowledge excellenc...

BSA comments on the increase in the Bank Rate to 0.25%

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16 December 2021

Commenting on the increase in the Bank Rate from 0.1% to 0.25%, Paul Broadhead, Head of Mortgage and Housing Policy at the BSA said: "A rate increase is an important psychological moment as it is the first time that the Bank Rate has risen since August 2018. But right now...