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East Midlands Training Provider launch apprenticeship for Social Housing Sector

Chartered Institute

Leading training provider, CT Skills has successfully launched apprenticeships in Housing & Property Management which has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

With more than 150,000 people employed within the Social Housing sector across the UK, CT Skills will work alongside businesses in the sector to provide bespoke work-based training, available to employees of all levels from Assistants to Senior Management.

Out of fear of eviction households in England keep quiet

More than 1 in 4 (28%) private tenants who have experienced problems while renting do not complain for fear of being evicted, new figures from Citizens Advice show.

Research released today reveals almost a quarter of a million households, who had issues and chose not to complain, said their main worry was their landlord raising their rent or ending the tenancy.

Based on their experiences advising private renters, more than 2 in 5 Citizens Advice staff (43%) said people “worrying about the consequences of complaining” was the biggest issue for tenants seeking redress for their problem.

Repairs and maintenance is the most common issue that private tenants needed help for from Citizens Advice.

Survey reveals valid reasons for not investing in smart home device

Smart home devices

Paying out for expensive smart home devices is a big ‘no no’ for many, according to a recent survey carried out by David Wilson Homes.

The five star housebuilder, which is building new homes in the Bristol region, asked 2,000 people what would most put them off investing in the smart home devices, and almost half (40 per cent) said cost was a significant factor. 15 per cent were daunted by the idea of setting up, while 13 per cent said they just didn’t understand the devices.  Another 15 per cent were worried about the possibility of being hacked.

National Pet Month - survey reveals that Brits are opting to share bedrooms with their animals

National Pet Month

Five star housebuilder Barratt Homes, which is bringing new homes to Bristol, carried out the survey, asking 2,000 people where their pets generally sleep for National Pet Month. A significant 23 per cent said the bedroom, closely followed by 20 per cent allowing them to spend the night in the lounge. The news comes during April - which is designated National Pet Month in the UK.

“Pets are important for a variety of reasons - from the company they offer to the practical help they can provide for those in need,” said sales director, Andrea Pilgrim. “And many of those who buy our homes are careful to select the perfect layout and setting, not only for themselves but for their animals too.

Celebrating 10 years of an interiors treasure trove…

 Picture Perfect

Ever wondered how to get your home looking picture perfect and Pinterest worthy? Or do you have interiors envy whilst flicking through the gorgeous pages of leading homes magazines.

Well now, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of leading homewares haven Homesense, we have exclusive insights from 10 hidden heroes of the industry to get your home looking its best this season.

Working behind the scenes to bring the latest home and garden trends to life, the expert eye and creative vision of leading stylists combine to set the agenda of décor for many homes across the nation.

Estate improvements and new cladding mark progress for Craylands scheme

Craylands regeneration scheme

The next phase of the Craylands regeneration scheme being delivered by Basildon Council, Swan Housing and Homes England is moving forward.

Work has begun on the new housing being developed on the former Fryerns school site – known as Beechwood Village.

The work is being complimented with new external wall insulation to 135 council homes that are being retained in the development.

Additionally, as part of a £2.2million grant from Essex County Council, Basildon Council has made significant improvements to footpaths and roads on the retained areas of the estate.

What Do Your Savings Go On?

Super Saver Oil

The survey of 1,067 UK adults conducted by heating oil supplier, Super Saver Oil has revealed that Brits have on average £6,360 in their savings account.

But, rather than saving for a practical item or a rainy day, this was most likely to be spent on a summer holiday (41%).

Meanwhile, 37% of Brits revealed that they spend their savings on getting a new car, with 33% putting their money towards purchasing a house.

30% said they intend to put their savings towards a wedding, which can often be a substantial cost.

F & P exclusive distributor of Trianco Newton Stoves

Trianco Newton stoves

The UK’s only major heating, plumbing and bathroom wholesaler, F & P Wholesale, has been appointed the exclusive distributor of Trianco Newton stoves, in a move that further enhances the wholesaler’s reputation for carrying a wide selection of the country’s most popular brands.

F & P’s Bathrooms and Fires Category Manager, Gary Shields, says the Newton range, which currently features in the company’s Fires & Stoves supplement offers quality, versatility and flexibility.

Monterey makes relocating to retirement hotspot affordable

Platinum Skies

Platinum Skies recently named as the second best spot to retire to in the UK, Dorset has a well-established reputation as a relocation hub for over 55s, thanks to its natural beauty, quaint character and opportunity for retirees to enjoy a vibrant, active lifestyle.

Measured by factors including life expectancy, access to healthcare and crime rate, the report highlights the many attractive aspects of Dorset which draw retirees to the county, with the golden stretch of coast in Christchurch particularly popular.