Osborne: There’s no housing boom in UK George Osborne, the U.K.’s finance minister, says that while there is cause for concern, the U.K. is not in the midst of a housing boom. “The FPC’s assessment this week – in line with that of the Chancellor and the Governor – is that recent developments in the housing market represent a broadening recovery from low levels of activity, but that we must remain vigilant as that recovery progresses,” a Treasury spokesperson said. Help to Buy assists buyers with a 5 percent deposit on properties worth up to 600,000. The government provides the buyer with a 20 percent loan. Osborne’s proposals come at a time of growing backlash against the government’s flagship housing policy, introduced earlier this year to help first time buyers get on the property ladder. U.K. house prices increased by 0.9 percent in September from August and were 5 percent higher year-on-year, according to new figures released today by Nationwide, pushing the average house price in Britain to 172,127. “There are also signs that the pickup is becoming increasingly broad-based. For the first time since 2007, all 13 U.K. regions experienced annual house price growth in the third quarter of 2013, said Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist in a statement.
UK was actually credited with two wins on this date in 1907 after Winchester A.C. forfeited and UK later beat Louisville Manual 30-0. Kentucky and Florida have met twice on this date with the Gators winning both games. UF took down UK 65-0 on Sept. 28, 1996 in Gainesville before a 41-34 UF win in Gainesville on Sept. 28, 2002. NOTES: Saturdays game is the SEC opener for Kentucky after three non-conference games to start the season. This is the fifth-straight season that Kentucky has opened SEC play against the Gators. Kentuckys offense ranks high in the SEC in several categories, including tied for fourth in total offense with 490.0 yards per game. UKs pass attack ranks fourth in the conference with 276.7 yards per game, while Kentucky is third in the conference in converting fourth downs (4-of-5; 80%). The Wildcat defense is also ranked high in several statistical categories, sitting third in the SEC in pass defense and third in 1st downs against. UKs defense has had success on third down, sitting second in the SEC by allowing teams just nine third-down conversions this season in 39 attempts. UK ranks first in the SEC in red zone defense only allowing opponents to score 69.2 percent of the time they enter the redzone.
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“We take our responsibilities very seriously which is why we will make a sizable donation to Mind.” Tesco also issued an apology, saying in a statement: “We’re really sorry for any offense this has caused and we are removing this product from sale.” Mental health charity Mind welcomed the withdrawal of the costumes, saying the retailers had shown themselves to be “extremely misguided” by offering them for sale. Slept in. Have @asda withdrawn their ‘mental patient fancy dress’ costume or are we going to organise a protest at HQ? #timetochange Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) September 26, 2013 Alastair Campbell “It is staggeringly offensive to the one in four of us affected by mental health problems and our families and friends, and troubling that some businesses are still so out of touch with the public mood,” spokeswoman Sue Baker said in a statement . However, Baker said the outcry the costumes provoked on the social media site Twitter was encouraging. “We hope this will urge Asda, Tesco and other retailers and manufacturers to review their processes and consider taste and decency on mental health grounds, to avoid fueling stigma and discrimination that are so damaging for large numbers of the population,” she said. Mind and the group Rethink Mental Illness run the Time to Change campaign to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. One of the campaign’s supporters is Alastair Campbell, who was former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s media chief and who has publicly spoken of his battle with depression . Campbell was among those who tweeted his displeasure at the “brutally stigmatizing outfits.” “@asda and @tesco should sign up for one of the @mindcharity @Rethink_ @TimetoChange mental health training courses,” he tweeted . Campbell alleged that Amazon still carried mental health patient costumes and called for people to tweet the company, asking it to withdraw them. But in response to an inquiry from CNN, an Amazon spokesperson said: “The item you refer to is not available on Amazon.co.uk.” Soccer player and broadcaster Stan Collymore who has also spoken out on depression, also took to Twitter to criticize the stereotype he said Asda and Tesco’s costumes had promoted.
UK retailers remove ‘staggeringly offensive’ mental health costumes from sale
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