Crowd controlled: Budget 2016 Oh joy: it's that time of the year again when the Chancellor of the Exchequer stands up at the dispatch box in the House of Commons to announce his Budget. Which means that this month — on 16 March, to be precise — we'll know what George Osborne has in store for the property sector. Unusually, the Treasury has crowdsourced this budget by asking members of the public to submit their own tax and spend ideas via a website. So we'll see how many of those get through... The other big news is the European referendum, which David Cameron has announced will take place on 23 June. The big unfathomable question is: what will happen to UK property prices if there's a Brexit?

NEWS: Good to share New year, new deal. The Government has announced that it is relaxing the rules of shared ownership — homes which people can part-buy and part-rent — so that, from April, those earning below £80,000 in England (£90,000 in London) will be eligible for the scheme. “By relaxing some of the existing restrictions, a potential 175,000 aspiring homeowners will be given the opportunity to own their own home, as well as allowing existing shared ownership homeowners the opportunity to step up the ladder,” says Mark Hayward, managing director, National Association of Estate Agents. “However, as with all housing promises, they can’t come quick, or big enough.” The Government also announced that it is imposing a five-year limit on new tenancies for council houses, meaning that tenants will no longer have the right to live in their council homes for life.

The next Brislington Neighbourhood Forum meeting will be on the 1st of Feb. This is your chance to contribute to our community, and discuss key issues with your fellow Greater Brislingtonites.

Property prices continue to soar at an alarming rate, making home ownership a distant dream for many. To illustrate the incredible rate of inflation, Julie over at Right Surveyors in Manchester has kindly provided this infographic to show how much you'd be paying for breakfast if staple items like eggs had increased at the same rate.

Yes that's right, the stamp duty hike could add an extra £8,250 to your next buy-to-let or second home purchase.

NEWS: Good to share New year, new deal. The Government has announced that it is relaxing the rules of shared ownership — homes which people can part-buy and part-rent — so that, from April, those earning below £80,000 in England (£90,000 in London) will be eligible for the scheme. “By relaxing some of the existing restrictions, a potential 175,000 aspiring homeowners will be given the opportunity to own their own home, as well as allowing existing shared ownership homeowners the opportunity to step up the ladder,” says Mark Hayward, managing director, National Association of Estate Agents. “However, as with all housing promises, they can’t come quick, or big enough.” The Government also announced that it is imposing a five-year limit on new tenancies for council houses, meaning that tenants will no longer have the right to live in their council homes for life.

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Year after year, Rightmove.co.uk sees a huge surge in traffic over the festive period, especially on Boxing Day when there were more than 1.3million visits to the website last year! This means that people are actively looking at homes, so there is no better time for you to be online and selling!

Will George get Britain building? In the Commons at the end of November, George Osborne conjured several unexpected rabbits out of his Autumn Statement hat. His U-turn on tax credits hogged most of the headlines, but the Chancellor also had various major announcements to make regarding housing, including news of a 3% surcharge on stamp duty for buy-to-let properties and second homes from April 2016. This will hit landlords hard said critics, and could drive up the cost of rents. The Chancellor also said he was going to tackle the “crisis in home ownership” with a £7billion pledge to deliver “the largest house building programme since the 1970s”. That means delivering 400,000 new homes by 2020. It's very nearly 2016. Better get building.

The Greater Brislington Neighbourhood Partnership is looking for resident members for both the Partnership and Well Being Panel Meetings, and for local residents to come along to the Forum meetings to both find out and share what is happening locally.