Dry summer leads to subsidence surge

What is subsidence? Subsidence happens when the ground beneath a building loses moisture and shrinks. It can be caused by several factors, including prolonged dry spells that cause soil to lose water, as well as trees and shrubs which can absorb significant volumes of water from the soil. Clay soils…

Continue reading

‘Subdued’ demand from house buyers

Prices were up 0.3% month-on-month compared with October, it said. Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that there was a wide range of ways Brexit could affect the housing market, with a shock hit from a “no deal” still unlikely. “Our central expectation is the…

Continue reading

House Democratic priorities in new Congress: Trump tax returns and tackling corruption

Washington (CNN)House Democrats on Friday unveiled the outline for their first legislative push in the new Congress — a bill that would aimed at substantial government reforms on everything from voter rights to campaign finance to ethics requirements in Washington to the documents presidential candidates must hand over when they…

Continue reading

Netanyahu joins world leaders in lamenting results of CNN poll on anti-Semitism

(CNN)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has joined lawmakers and leading figures involved in the fight against anti-Semitism by saying he is “concerned” about the results of CNN’s investigation into European attitudes toward Jews. Meanwhile, a third of Europeans polled said they knew just a little or nothing at all about…

Continue reading

The smoke around Donald Trump and Russia is choking his presidency

(CNN)NO COLLUSION, Donald Trump will tell you — or, really, anyone — if you ask about the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the possibility that members of the Trump orbit colluded with the Russians to help him win. But, boy oh boy, is…

Continue reading

Rail fares to rise by 3.1% in January

Fewer than half (45%) of passengers are satisfied with the value for money of train tickets, according to Transport Focus. Alex Hayman of consumer group Which? said the new price rises would only add to passengers’ misery after a year of timetable chaos, with rail punctuality falling to its lowest…

Continue reading