Flood insurance fears drive rise in calls for advice

An impasse between the insurance industry and the government over affordable home insurance for victims of flooding means consumers are seeing steep rises in premiums Householders whose homes have previously been flooded are seeking advice in record numbers over fears they will not be able to buy insurance from July onwards. The National Flood Forum…

Barratt upbeat on profits as housing market ‘best in five years’

Britain’s largest housebuilder says reservations are up 10% so far this year, boosted by the government’s Help to Buy scheme British housebuilder Barratt Developments said market conditions were the best it had seen for five years and that it expects to post a significant improvement in annual profits. The company, Britain’s largest housebuilder by…