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  • generic asset management
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    Let tax reform foot the bill for Covid

    2021-01-20T14:34:00Z

    Editor: Several suggestions are being made as to how we can pay the £400bn bill for the pandemic, such as the imposition of a wealth tax, a raid on pension funds, or withdrawal of tax relief on ISAs. I think none of these are appropriate or politically acceptable.

  • Students in masks
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    PBSA sector needs government help

    2021-01-20T14:12:00Z

    Editor: With students across the UK having been hit hard financially by the pandemic as they pay for unused student accommodation, the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector also finds itself disrupted by financial turmoil as it tries to resolve the issue without support from the government (‘ Unite offers students ...

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    Chancellor must extend rates holiday

    2021-01-13T15:35:00Z

    Editor: Since March 2020, the financial support offered to retail and leisure businesses by the government has been commendable. Only last week, the chancellor offered further grants on top of the monthly £3,000 grants offered back in November .

  • Student
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    PBSA remains resilient despite Brexit

    2021-01-13T15:21:00Z

    Editor: There are no signs that Brexit will negatively impact international student figures .

  • Brexit
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    With the Brexit deal done, prospects are looking up

    2021-01-07T00:00:00Z

    Editor: When faced with uncertainty, there is a tendency for people to focus on worst-case scenarios. This has certainly been the case when discussing Brexit.

  • Workspace
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    Time to join up the dots for flexspace

    2020-12-16T11:46:00Z

    Editor: Flexible workspaces aren’t just offices, they’re hospitality hubs, too. Jonathan Goldstein’s ‘Room Service’ comment  on the trials and tribulations of hotel brand loyalty opens up a debate as to what this might mean for the flexible workspace industry.

  • Proptech
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    Tech will be key to success for BTR

    2020-12-16T11:30:00Z

    Editor: The pandemic has put BTR in the spotlight and reaffirmed the appeal of renting as a lifestyle choice. In an ever-more saturated rental market, technology will be the crucial point of difference.

  • Climate change
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    We can turn green vision into action

    2020-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The prime minister’s ambition to deliver a ‘green industrial revolution’ should be welcomed by all in the property industry.

  • Smart sensors
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    Sensor tech can save space and Co2

    2020-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Net-zero or zero-carbon is a bold but necessary ambition for us all if we are going to safeguard our environment for future generations (‘ London office construction plummets 50% ’).

  • Boris Johnson
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    The ‘Ten Point Plan’ needs finessing

    2020-12-03T00:00:00Z

    Editor: At first glance, the prime minister’s highly anticipated ‘Ten Point Plan’ contains much for the green industries to be positive about.  The plan includes several ambitious proposals and further reiterates the government’s commitment to mobilising investment in this area.

  • Modern office
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    Decentralised offices are the future

    2020-12-03T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is shocking but sadly unsurprising to see the extent to which some employees are dissatisfied with the culture of working from home.

  • Old people covid
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    Retirement living sector can help to beat loneliness

    2020-11-25T15:42:00Z

    Editor: The UK residential property market, understandably, was buffeted at the start of the first lockdown. But during this second lockdown, early indicators are looking good, with the stamp duty holiday undoubtedly helping.

  • Flats
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    Pandemic puts BTR in the spotlight

    2020-11-25T15:20:00Z

    Editor: The coronavirus pandemic has raised a number of fundamental questions about our economy. On an individual level, it has also forced us to adapt the way we live and work (‘ 72% of employers want to retain home working after the pandemic ’). For many of us, our home ...

  • Generic Office
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    Workplaces must adapt to survive

    2020-11-18T13:54:00Z

    Editor: M G Real Estate’s Global Outlook Report highlights the uncertainty in the office market and the need for investors to carefully consider where to deploy capital (‘ There is a future for the office, says M G ’). I agree with M G’s Richard Gwilliam; the focus should be ...

  • Business rates,
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    Business rates system is rotten apple

    2020-11-18T13:32:00Z

    Editor: When rateable values were last updated in 2017, the apple was the UK’s favourite fruit. It now barely features in the top 10 – a sign that a lot has changed in three years .

  • Empty office
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    Support for flexspace will help SMEs

    2020-11-11T16:00:00Z

    Editor: The Flexible Space Association has called for the chancellor to support the flexspace industry.

  • Retirement home
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    The retirement sector needs support

    2020-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Select committee reports, parliamentary questions, ministerial questions and a plethora of academic research – the case for the expansion of the housing with care sector has never been clearer.

  • Stressed home worker
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    Offices will be crucial to recovery

    2020-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is troubling to see UK workers once again confined to their homes, as we enter a second national lockdown.

  • Young people in new home
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    Let’s focus on ‘generation rent better’

    2020-10-28T14:38:00Z

    Editor: The prime minister’s vow to “turn generation rent into generation buy” with a proposed increase in low-deposit mortgages for first-time buyers suggests a willingness to help young people on to the property ladder.

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    Covid-safe offices should stay open

    2020-10-28T14:11:00Z

    Editor: It has been interesting to keep an eye on Avison Young’s ‘Return to Office’ index, highlighted in your piece ‘Office worker numbers hold up despite WFH advice ’.