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House sales fell across two thirds of England and Wales in 2018

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first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » House sales fell across two thirds of England and Wales in 2018 previous nextHousing MarketHouse sales fell across two thirds of England and Wales in 2018Analysis by modular homes builder of Land Registry figures suggests UK is in grip of “endemic transaction crisis” despite the government’s Help to Buy scheme.Nigel Lewis4th January 201901,014 Views The number of house sales fell in two thirds of local authority areas within England and Wales last year and across the UK the number of houses sold dropped by 2.3%.These claims have been made following analysis of Land Registry data by modular homes firm Project Etopia. It says that sales rose in only 133 local authority areas and then only by 3.5% on average last year, compared to the year before.The areas worst hit by the slump in property sales and where reductions hit double-digit figures include Eastbourne, Bedford, Runnymede, Gosport, Brighton, Wellingborough and Merthyr Tydfil. The three hardest hit year-on-year last year were Cambridge (-16%), Newcastle-under-Lyme (-16.2%) and Stevenage (-27.5%).A total of 122 areas have seen transactions fall by more than 5%, while 41 local authorities saw sales drop by more than 10% and 11 areas by more than 15%.“It might not be immediately obvious what transaction levels have to do with the housing crisis, but the answer is a great deal,” says Joseph Daniels, CEO of Project Etopia (left).“Lack of housing stock means we’re on a merry-go-round of gyrating house prices in this country [and] this feeds into massive price gains that occur over just a few years, causing people to think of their house as an investment not a home.“When storm clouds gather on the horizon, they then guard their most valuable possession by sitting tight.“It’s easy to forget that there were 231,690 fewer homes sold in the last financial year than a decade earlier. If we had more stock, this boom and bust would be a thing of the past and the sands wouldn’t keep shifting under developers’ feet.”But it’s not all bad news; sales picked up dramatically in several areas including in Chorley, Hull and Lincoln, all of which experienced house sales rising by more than 10% year-on-year.     project etopia Runnymede Gosport Joseph Daniels house sales Bedford Brighton Eastbourne Wellingborough and Merthyr Tydfil January 4, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Winter Paralympics: the best bits from the Pyeongchang Games

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first_imgShare on Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Oksana Masters: from Chernobyl to Pyeongchang Paralympics golds Ekaterina Rumyantseva returned to Russia as the Neutral Paralympic Athletes with the most gold medals Photograph: Vladimir Smirnov/TASS Since you’re here… Facebook Facebook features Facebook Twitter Pinterest Gold medallist Menna Fitzpatrick of Britain and her guide Jennifer Kehoe, silver medallist Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia and her guide Natalia Subrtova, and bronze medallist Millie Knight of Britain and her guide Brett Wild on the podium Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters The British alpine para-skiiers received a large amount of funding in the run-up to Pyeongchang – £2.7m. “We had so much funding and support after Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans won their gold [in Sochi] so I only hope we will create the same after ours,” said Fitzpatrick.The Paralympics GB chef de mission, Penny Briscoe, said: “We came into these Games with clear potential on snow and ice. I’m proud of every one of the 17 athletes in this team. Even away from the medals, there have been some stunning performances and personal bests.”The Neutral Paralympic AthletesOne country that didn’t take part – officially – was Russia. The International Paralympic Committee had suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee as an anti-doping measure, but in January announced that Russian athletes meeting strict criteria could apply for slots in five events, and compete as Neutral Paralympic Athletes. Thirty competitors were able to take advantage of this, and they propelled the NPA team to second place in the overall medals table.Three athletes in particular shone, with Ekaterina Rumyantseva taking three golds and two silvers in biathlon and cross-country skiing. In the same disciplines compatriot Mikhalina Lysova won two golds, three silver and a bronze, and Anna Milenina took home two golds and three silvers. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Oksana Masters carrying the US flag in the closing ceremony in Pyeongchang Photograph: THOMAS LOVELOCK / HANDOUT/EPA Securing the future of the ParalympicsThe closing ceremony saw the formal handover of the Paralympic flag from Pyeongchang to the 2022 host city, Beijing. The Chinese capital will become the first city to have hosted both the summer and winter Paralympics.And the future of the Paralympics is looking assured after an agreement signed with the IOC which ensures the two organisations will continue to cooperate up until at least 2032. It means that the IOC will continue to insist that successful Olympic bid cities will also host the Paralympics in the same year at the same venues, and gives financial stability to the IPC for the next 14 years.“There can be no doubts that the IPC and the Paralympic movement would not be where it is today without the support and co-operation with the IOC” said the IPC president, Andrew Parsons. “Both organisations share a passion that sport can change lives and that sport can change the world. Working together will further the impact both of ours work has on society.” Twitter Share on WhatsApp Facebook In January Bibian Mentel-Spee underwent surgery for a cancerous tumour in her neck. By March the Dutch Paralympian was winning gold medals in South Korea. Since having the lower part of one leg amputated Mentel-Spee has survived multiple cancer surgeries and radiotherapy to emerge triumphant in snowboarding. She took gold in both the snowboard cross and the banked slalom.Brenna Huckaby was another bone cancer survivor on the podium in the snowboarding. She took the snowboard cross and banked slalom golds in the SB-LL1, having, prior to the Games, become the first amputee Paralympian to appear in the annual Sports Illustrated swimwear issue.Chernoby victim wins gold for the USA Bibian Mentel-Spee takes Paralympic gold two months after cancer surgery From L-R: Japan’s Yoshihiro Nitta (silver), Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Kolyadin (gold), Canada’s Bronze Medalists Mark Arendz and Finland’s Ilkka Tuomisto (bronze) Photograph: Thomas Lovelock/AFP/Getty Images Read more Declan Farmer (second left) of the USA scores a goal against Canada in the Ice Hockey gold medal game Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images Country debuts and first gold medalsAs well as a larger audience, the Pyeongchang Games featured more athletes taking part from more countries than ever before. A record 20 different nations earned at least one gold medal, and 26 out of the 49 countries taking part won at least one medal, a higher percentage than at any Paralympics since Lillehammer in 1994.Georgia, North Korea and Tajikistan all took part in the Winter Paralympics for the first time. China, who host the next edition, won gold at the Games for the very first time, as did Kazakhstan. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Records set for Paralympics GBThe British Paralympic team will return home on Monday boasting of a successful Games, having hit their medal target of between six and 12 medals. The seven medals won was one more than in Sochi.All of the medals were down to work of two Paralympians and their guides. Menna Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight won medals across a range of alpine skiing disciplines, with Fitzpatrick and her guide Jen Kehoe winning Britain’s gold medal on the final morning of the Games. Fitzpatrick said she wanted to celebrate with a “proper cup of English tea”. By taking four medals in total, the 19 year old became the most decorated British Winter Paralympian of all-time. The 12th Winter Paralympics have come to an end in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Here are a pick of the highlights from 10 days of action, featuring athletes from 49 countries.Records broken all aroundIt’s traditional for every Games to be hailed as “the best ever” in the celebratory speeches at the closing ceremony, but Pyeongchang truly did set a number of new records for the Winter Paralympics. The number of tickets sold exceeded those sold at Sochi, and were the most ever, with the audience for the Winter Paralympics tripling since the 2006 Turin edition.Brian McKeever set a record by wining his 13th Paralympic gold in his fifth appearance at the Games. He’s now the most decorated Canadian Paralympian of all time, and the most successful Paralympian cross-country skier of all-time. Henrieta Farkasova, competing in the visually impaired alpine skiing, was the most decorated athlete – with four golds and a silver to take home to Slovakia. An extra bronze is requiredSome critics have cited small numbers of competitors in some sports and large winning margins as evidence that the Winter Paralympics are not always functional as competitive sports. That was emphatically not the case in the men’s 1.5km standing cross-country skiing. Even a photo-finish couldn’t split Canada’s Mark Arendz and Finland’s Ilkka Tuomisto in third place, and so they were each awarded a bronze medal, leading to the rare sight of a medal and victory ceremony featuring four athletes on the podium. Oksana Masters finally won gold at her third Paralympics, to add to a bronze earned in the rowing in London in 2012, and a bronze and silver in cross-country skiiing earned at Sochi. Masters was adopted from a Ukrainian orphange after suffering birth defects thought to be caused by radiation from the Chernobyl disaster. She dedicated the gold medal to her mother, and was given the honour of carrying the flag for the USA in the closing ceremony. Twitter Pinterest Facebook Brian McKeever celebrates victory in the Cross-country skiing visually impaired men’s 1.5km sprint classic final Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters Cancer survivors dominate the snowboarding … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Twitter Twitter Read more Share via Email Topics Twitter Disability and sport Share on Twitter Kim Jong-hyon was one of only two Winter Paralympians to represent North Korea, who made their national debut in the Pyeongchang Games hosted by their neighbours Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP The Canada – USA ice hockey rivalryThe two North American powerhouses were kept apart at the group stages, and both cruised to the final. The USA conceded only one goal en route to the gold medal match, Canada conceded none. Remarkably, given their track records in the sport, it was the first time they had met each other in a Paralympics gold medal game.The Canadians were just 37 seconds away from reclaiming the gold medal they had last won in 2006 in Turin. But Declan Farmer had other ideas. He tied the match up at 1-1, and then scored again in sudden-death overtime to give the US their third consecutive para ice hockey gold. The gold helped the USA top the medal table for the first time since 1992. 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