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Recent data reveals an all-time high in the proportion of borrowers choosing mortgages exceeding 35 years, marking a significant trend just weeks after the Bank of England expressed apprehension about the surge in extended loan terms.
According to UK Finance, over 20% of first-time buyers committed to mortgage agreements with durations of 35 years or more in September. This figure represents the highest share recorded since 2005, indicating a growing willingness among borrowers to embrace a prolonged debt commitment amid escalating interest rates that are adding strain to household finances.
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Amid mounting concerns over the Bank of England's approach to surging inflation, one expert has raised alarms about a potential loss of credibility. In a rather pessimistic outlook, it is suggested that interest rates might remain above 4% until 2029.
Althea Spinozzi, a senior fixed income strategist at the investment platform Saxo, advocated for a rate hike, emphasizing that the Bank cannot afford to adopt a dovish stance given the backdrop of high inflation and a tight labor market.
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Trafford Council is deliberating a proposal to transform two commercial properties into residential spaces to accommodate refugees from Afghanistan and Ukraine. This initiative comes as Trafford, a borough in the United Kingdom, is now home to approximately 10 Afghan households and around 82 Ukrainian households, thanks to resettlement schemes that have been in place since the beginning of the previous year.
In response to the influx of refugees, the UK Government introduced the Local Authority Housing Fund (LAHF) toward the end of the last year. This fund was designed to provide housing solutions for those arriving from Afghanistan and Ukraine. Trafford Council was granted roughly £4 million through two rounds of funding and additionally borrowed around £4 million to meet this urgent need.
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A tragic incident unfolded when Stephen Owusu, aged 22, confessed to causing the death of his housemate during a disturbance within their residence.


The unfortunate event occurred at a property located on Beverly Road in Fallowfield, where Owusu fatally harmed 42-year-old Thomas Murphy.

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A 51-year-old woman has been apprehended on suspicion of modern slavery offenses following a police operation in Trafford.
Authorities responded to an address on Stamford New Road in Altrincham on Thursday, August 24, following the receipt of intelligence concerning modern slavery. The police have now implemented a 'safeguarding plan' for potential victims.
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