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Londoners spend shortest time renting before owning a property

18 June 2018

Despite the capital’s soaring house prices, London residents spend the shortest time renting a property before owning a home, according to research by landlord insurer Direct Line for Business.

The average Londoner expects to spend under 12 years renting, compared to the UK average of 15 years and two months, the study shows.

Direct Line’s data also found that, across the UK, London has the highest number of renters, with its 2.7m tenants accounting for a sixth of all British renters.

Meanwhile, the research suggests that the UK is increasingly becoming a renter’s market: of the estimated 17m renters in the UK, 70...

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Icon Relocation wishes all our friends and clients Happy Eid!

15 June 2018

Wishing each other on Eid, strengthens the bond of love and brotherhood and hugging reflects forgiveness. A very blessed Eid ul-Fitr to all of you.

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Non-EU visas for foreign skills to be relaxed

15 June 2018

Doctors and nurses are to be excluded from existing Tier 2 visa quotas, which will in turn free up 7,000 openings for technology and business professionals outside the European Economic Area.

Downing Street has confirmed that the government would exclude doctors and nurses from the annual quota of Tier 2 visas restricting the number of skilled workers from outside Europe who can take up job offers in the UK.

What will the change to Tier 2 quotas mean?

Such a move will have far-reaching consequences in other business sectors as removing medical staff from the annual quota of 20,700 should free up about...

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Home secretary pledges to review tier 2 cap

11 June 2018

The UK government appears to be bowing to pressure to increase the number of skilled migrants allowed into the country from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) under the Tier 2 visa system.

Limitations of the Tier 2 system

In a BBC interview, Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed that he was “taking a fresh look” at the annual cap of 20,700 visas granted under the ‘general’ category. Allocations under the cap have been reached every month since December, resulting in more than 6,000 overseas workers with job offers in the UK being refused entry, including more than 1,500 doctors.

With about a third...

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Area guide for Wimbledon

07 June 2018

By far the majority of houses in Wimbledon are handsome Victorian villas and four and five bedroom townhouses, or rows of sturdy terraces built after the arrival of the railway in 1938 to house the growing middle class.

Going out

Drinking: Wimbledon has an excellent selection of pubs to spend a lazy afternoon in, and bars for a weekend night out too. The best pub in the village is the Rose & Crown but the The Crooked Billet and The Hand in Hand, both a 10 minute walk across the Common, rate highly too. Art deco inspired Terrace is an excellent option...

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Pound buoyed by services sector bounce

06 June 2018

The pound rose sharply against the dollar and euro on Tuesday (5 June) as new data from May showed an unexpected surge in the UK’s services sector, which accounts for more than three-quarters of the nation’s GDP.

UK heading towards GDP growth

The Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) showed a reading of 54 last month, up from 52.8 in April in an index where any reading above 50 indicates growth, and well above of market forecasts of a 52.9 return.

Publication of the index came on the heels of May’s PMI for manufacturing, which also came in well above economists’ expectations, while...

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UNITED KINGDOM: New Application Service Announced for Work and Study Visas

30 May 2018

On 17th May 2018, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) announced that it had awarded a contract to French outsourcing specialist Sopra Steria, to deliver a new service for applications for work and study visas, settlement and citizenship from within the UK, from October 2018.

How will it work?

Under the new arrangements, applicants will be able to submit biometric information, including photos, fingerprints and signatures, and their supporting evidence, at a single appointment at one of over 60 locations across the UK (including 56 local libraries). The evidence will then be copied and sent to UKVI, so that the applicant can keep their...

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An interview with Lembit Opik, our advisory board member

29 May 2018

Lembit Opik is a former British politician. A member of the Liberal Democrats, he served as a member of parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Montgomeryshire in Wales from 1997 until he lost his seat at the 2010 general election. He was the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats from 2001 to 2007.

He is not only an MP, but a celebrity, a BBC broadcaster and a member of Icon Relocation’s Advisory Board. He has appeared several times on the BBC satirical current affairs quiz show Have I Got News for You, as well as Question Time and Any Questions....

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Dulwich in south-east London has seen the fastest growth in average property prices anywhere in England over the past two decades

28 May 2018

Average costs: buying and renting (October 2017) 1 Flat £393,000 or £1,253 a month 2 Flat £536,000 or £1,540 a month 3 House £872,000 or £2,179 a month 4 House £1.11m or £2,966 a month

The property scene

East Dulwich has streets of mainly three- and four-bedroom Victorian houses. There are larger detached early-Victorian houses overlooking Peckham Rye and late-Victorian three-storey terrace houses in The Gardens conservation area, a garden square off Peckham Rye, and large Edwardian detached houses in the Honor Oak Rise conservation area.

The most expensive house currently for sale is a seven-bedroom, 4,500sq ft double-fronted detached house in Mundania...

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GDPR for schools: how will the new data regulations affect my school?

24 May 2018

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force on 25 May this year, but what will it mean for schools? We take a look at what you need to know and what you need to do to make sure you’re ready.

What will happen on 25 May 2018?

Subject requests

From 25 May, any data subject (that’s someone whose data the school holds) can exercise certain rights with regards to their data. This means that a parent could ask for a school to produce all data it currently holds on their child, or a job applicant could ask you to erase...

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