Brexit making TV programme filming ‘difficult’ claims auctions show star

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Brexit making TV programme filming ‘difficult’ claims auctions show star previous nextHousing MarketBrexit making TV programme filming ‘difficult’ claims auctions show starMartin Roberts says shrinking number of auction lots is making his job harder as Brexit impacts the buy-to-let market.Nigel Lewis9th August 20190851 Views The problems faced by the property industry as Brexit drags on are well documented, but one unexpected downside is that TV stations are now struggling to find home buyers to participate in their property shows.The latest to experience difficulties is Homes Under the Hammer, whose presenter and I’m a Celebrity star Martin Roberts has said Brexit is now beginning to impact filming.He told a national newspaper yesterday that the show was struggling to find participants because fewer properties are being sold via auctions in the UK.Roberts’ comments reflect the latest auction data from the Essential Information Group.Its latest analysis for July shows the number of residential lots offered are down by 7.5% year-on-year and the number of lots sold down by 9.5%.Morning auctionsFor those who are too busy working to watch the mid-morning property programme, Roberts and his crew film buy-to-let auctions and then persuade those who win the bidding for lots to allow the programme film ‘what happens next’.Unlike many other property TV shows such as Location, Location, Location which often have long turnarounds from filming to screen, Homes Under the Hammer is filmed very quickly.Therefore, a drought of auction properties and willing candidates is quickly felt by the programme’s producers.“It reflects what is going on, we have in recent times been doing quick turnarounds like I’ve never seen before,” Roberts told The Express newspaper. “I saw a property and in six weeks, it’s going on air.” martin roberts property auctions BBC1’s Homes Under The Hammer August 9, 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

Twelve private schools gain more Oxford offers than the north

first_imgAll major northern cities combined secured fewer places at Oxford and Cambridge than twelve southern private schools, new data has revealed.483 places were offered to pupils from twelve southern schools, compared to 398 for all northern cities. Of the top six southern schools, which received 344 offers between them, five are based in London.The twelve schools collectively received roughly one in 14 of all offers made to both universities.In total, the two universities offer nearly 7000 undergraduate places each year.The cities included in the regional data, gathered from an FOI request made by David Lammy MP, were Middlesbrough, Bradford, Liverpool, Bolton, Sheffield, York, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Hull, and Birmingham.Westminster School alone received 88 offers, equivalent to nearly a quarter of the offers made to all major northern cities. The other schools with the most offers were Eton College, with 68 offers, and St Paul’s School, with 53 offers.Other schools named on the list include City of London Boys, Magdalen College School, Wycombe Abbey, and Charterhouse.The most recent figures available were used for the twelve schools, though some of the latest data is from previous years.In response to these findings, Lammy claimed the data provided “yet more evidence” that change was needed at Oxford. Lammy said: “It is simply not acceptable for these institutions to take £800 million in taxpayers’ money from people in every city, town, and village when they are not reflective of our nation outside the wealthiest areas of the southeast of England.”Catherine Canning, Oxford SU VP for Access and Academic Affairs, told Cherwell: “We believe that the University should set and strive to meet stretching targets for widening access to Oxford.“We believe access stems from long before application and does not stop at an offer letter. The University has an obligation to support students throughout this process.”This comes after statistics earlier obtained by Lammy showed that four out of five students at Oxford and Cambridge are from the top two most privileged economic groups.Speaking to Cherwell, Pembroke JCR Access rep, Graham Mogridge, said: “This statistic is frankly appalling. It illustrates that the need for access work, and government action, is as relevant as ever. “Work is needed at all levels, from University to student, in defeating Oxford stereotypes, and providing those that have the potential with support before, during, and after the applications process.”A spokesman for the University said: “When students from the north of England apply to Oxford, they tend to be very successful. What we need are more applications.”The data also revealed that Oxford made only 193 more offers to applicants from the whole of northern England than it did to applicants from the five home counties.The University told Cherwell: “One of the most important things to look at in admissions is the fairness of success rates, not just the raw numbers.”“In our case, figures for the latest admissions round show that students whom we flag in the admissions process as being particularly disadvantaged (because they attended an underperforming school or live in an area of high social deprivation) actually have better success rates when they apply than their more advantaged peer applicants.”last_img read more