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Gavin Barwell MP confirmed as guest speaker at BSA Annual lunch

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30 August 2016

The recently-appointed Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government will be speaking at the BSA's Annual Lunch in November. As part of Theresa May MP’s new team of government ministers, Gavin Barwell...

Piecemeal law and rule-making – we’ve reached the tipping point

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29 April 2016

Almost a year into this Government and we already have an indication of where housing policy is heading over the rest of this Parliament. The Government has the laudable aim of reversing the tide of declining home ownership and all their policies are geared towards achievin...

Harnessing financial technology in building societies

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06 December 2016

Guest blog by Amyn Fazal, CEO of Penrith Building Society . The history of financial services is fascinating. Of course, we all know that money has been around for a very long time in many different shapes and forms. It started with the simple bartering of goods, and lat...

Ninety-one million and rising means that we’re a nation of members

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22 June 2016

By Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK A country of shopkeepers? The suggestion, often attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte, was certainly made, in derogatory tones, two hundred and twenty years ago in the National Convention in Paris.   Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac...

There are over 30 million card holders in the UK. Credit card consumers owe £61.2 billion, 2 million consumers have persistent high levels of debt and 1.6 million make systematic minimum repayments. These findings emerged from the FCA’s initial Credit Card Market Study in ...

Guest blog: UK employees just one month from the breadline

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18 July 2017

Legal & General's latest 'Deadline to the Breadline' research reveals that, on average, employees in the UK could be on the breadline in just 32 days. No one likes to think about what they would do if the worst were to happen but worryingly more than a quarter (26%) said ...

The accountability regime – let’s get on with it!

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26 October 2017

The strengthening accountability in banking exercise began with an investigation by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, following the financial crisis of 2008, and certain high-profile conduct failures in the UK banking industry.  These included PPI mis-selli...

Housing diary: Can innovative housing work in the UK like it does in the Netherlands?

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26 October 2017

The BSA is continuously looking into ways to help solve the housing crisis. One way we explored in our 2016 report is incorporating modern methods of construction (MMC) to the UK’s building repertoire to provide the homes we so desperately need. These build methods have bee...

Housing diary part two: The Netherlands' approach to innovative housing

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26 October 2017

Missed part one of the diary? You can read it here . Day 2 We started bright an early and I was very much looking forward to meeting Jacqueline Tellinger, an individual key to the development of Almere. Jacqueline talked about the housing challenges they faced in the Nethe...

Claims management companies: a new regulator

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22 August 2018

The BSA recently responded to the FCA’s consultation (CP18/15) published in preparation for the transfer of the regulation of claims management companies (CMCs) from the Ministry of Justice to the FCA from 1 April 2019.   Our starting point is that, from the consumer persp...

Guest blog: Open banking and the race to beat Big Tech

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29 July 2019

Open banking is driving significant market change by giving consumers control over their financial data, and the power to share that data with third-party providers offering new services. One of the most fascinating trends since PSD2 and open banking came into effect has been...

Mis-selling, Mis-claiming... and Mis-funding

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26 September 2019

The final deadline for lodging a PPI claim passed on 29 August 2019.  The official current figure for PPI redress paid by firms, mainly big banks, is £36.4 billion.  The final figure will be a lot higher once the last cases in the pipeline complete - this is largely because t...

The Women in Finance Charter: Four years on

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29 October 2020

Originally published in BSA Society Matters magazine By Carole Barlow, HR Director, the West Brom & Women in Finance Board representative for Building Societies and Credit Unions What is the Charter and what does it mean in practice? The Women in Finance Charter...

Lending and savings up despite economic uncertainty

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13 February 2017

Building societies provided almost one in three mortgages approved in the final quarter of 2016.  Collectively they approved 109,543 new mortgage loans, up 7% on the same period in 2015.  Consumers saved less in Q4 than they did the previous year but balances still rose by £2...

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