3rd of landlords worried
about Brexit effect
35% of landlords think that leaving the
EU will have a negative impact on their ability to attract tenants in the
future, according to the latest findings form the National Landlords Association
The findings also show that 39% believe that Brexit will have no significant
impact on their business; 21% are unsure; while 5% believe it will have a
The research follows Prime Minister Teresa May's announcement at the
Conservative Party Conference that the process of the UK leaving the EU will be
triggered by March 2017.
Across the UK, the findings show that 55% of landlords in central London believe
Brexit will have a negative impact on their business; higher than any other
22% of landlords in the North East think Brexit will have a negative impact;
the lowest proportion compared to other regions of the UK.
The findings also come as the NLA launches its new podcast series: Inside
The 1st 30 minute podcast, which is presented by Richard Blanco, focuses on
what life after Brexit will look like for landlords, and features guests:-
► Richard Bowser, Editor of Property Investor News.
► Chris Norris, Head of Policy at the NLA.
► Richard Donnell, Director of Research and Insight at Hometrack.
Richard Blanco said:- "These findings clearly show that a significant
proportion of landlords are concerned about what Brexit will mean for their
lettings business so we wanted to try to understand and make sense of the
We now know that Article 50 will be triggered soon, but landlords still have
lots of questions, like what will happen to rental demand as a consequence of
Brexit, will house prices fall, or should I rethink my investment strategy? The
1st episode of Inside Property will address all these questions and more".
Inside Property is available to
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Volunteers asked to become
buddies to cancer patients
RESEARCHERS are looking for people with
experience of living with cancer to act as mentors to patients at an advanced
stage of the disease. From sharing practical tips on how to deal with the side
effects of treatment, to being a great listener on the other end of the phone,
the research team are seeking volunteers via The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS
Foundation Trust in Merseyside.
The experiences of the buddies and patients will form part of an innovative
study looking at the benefits of having a mentor while living with cancer. It
follows on from earlier research where people suggested that being able to talk
to someone who had similar experience might be helpful.
Lauren McFerran, 22, received radiotherapy at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
after surgery for skin cancer which resulted in her losing her ear. She thinks
the study is a way for patients to use their diagnosis in a positive way to help
others in a similar position.
Lauren, from Wallasey, said:- "Nothing quite prepares you for the
diagnosis, and no matter how supportive your family and friends are, they can't
quite understand just how it feels as it affects them differently. Having
someone available for a coffee or a phone call who knows exactly what you're
going through would be a wonderful comfort, just to be supportive, or to offer
practical tips would be fantastic. A cancer diagnosis can feel very lonely, and
a buddy in those early days could take that away, leaving you with one less
worry at the end of the day."
Buddies must have received their cancer diagnosis more than 6 months ago. They
will be fully trained and will be matched with a suitable patient.
A 24 hour helpline will be available for both, and expenses will be covered for
attending training sessions and during the 12 weeks spent being a mentor to the
The patients will all have stage 3 or 4 cancer.
The research team will use the knowledge they gain to inform the approach to
helping people with the psychological effects of cancer in the future.
The study is being run from the Universities of Manchester and Lancaster,
working with The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, The Christie Foundation Trust in
Manchester and the Universities of Liverpool and Southampton.
The researchers are also seeking volunteers via The Christie. Anyone who
is interested in applying to be a volunteer buddy should contact Dr Diane
Roberts at University of Manchester by calling:- 0161 306 7786 or send an