Only 32,000 new homes were built in the year to March 2016, compared with 66,600 in the previous 12 months. Critics are calling on the government to do more to encourage house-building and affordable housing. They are waiting with baited breath for the Autumn Statement where the Chancellor will announce his new housing strategy. Our reporter Dan Goldsmith spoke to Sara Mahmoud, chief economist from Shelter, to find out more.
Georgie Frost is joined in the studio by Hannah Maundrell editor in chief of money.co.uk. On the agenda today, they discuss the big political story of the week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond is to deliver his first Autumn Statement and the first since Brexit. Georgie and hannah discuss and deliberate what the Chancellor will say. Elsewhere, the high street is under attack from pensioners, with four in five saying the high street doesn't cater for their needs. Plus they look ahead to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. All these stories and more on The News Review.
Angela Merkel will stand for a fourth term as German Chancellor. The announcement has already had some market comments: Laura Foll, of Henderson Global Investors, said she would welcome her re-election because Mrs Merkel has proved to be "quite pragmatic" about Brexit negotiations, "more so than other European leaders". Share Radio's Politics Presenter Colin Bloom joined us to discuss this and other political developments in Europe, which have been upsetting the single currency and markets.
It seems that in spite of the UK's leadership in so many financial and techie areas, it's taking a long time to drag insurance into the cloud-based, digital age. It could be because of regulation and worries about security but insurance remains a very traditional industry with much processing and record-taking still carried out on paper. Unsurprisingly, the financial service technology provider FIS wants to change all this. It has just asked 500 global insurance companies about their attitudes to industry innovation. Share Radio's Presenter Nigel Cassidy spoke to Martin Sarjeant, Risk Solutions Chief at FIS, to find out more
Tom Floyd, Senior Sales Trader at corporate forex broker Foenix Partners, joined Share Radio to look ahead to the Autumn Statement. He talks US Federal Reserve's Chair Janet Yellen indication that interest rates could rise "relatively soon", whilst also looking ahead to the Italian Constitutional referendum and Europe's elections.
The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has admitted that Front National leader Marine LePen could win the upcoming presidential election. Mr Valls says Donald Trump's victory in America had shown that similar anti-globalisation nationalist rhetoric could triumph in France as well. Ms Le Pen's centre right rival French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been knocked out of the primary to choose a presidential candidate, and with the mainstream parties struggling to decide on their preferred candidate, the Front National leader is wasting no time in trying to appeal to voters. Share Radio's Robert Van Egghen reports.
As projects like Crossrail and HS2 are going ahead, some analysts are expecting an array of further building projects to be announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond, setting bigger budgets for local infrastructure in this week's Autumn Statement. Share Radio's Matt Cox spoke to Richard Threlfall, Partner and UK Sector Head for Infrastructure, Building and Construction at KPMG, who started by explaining why people are eyeing local infrastructure so closely.
Christmas is supposed to be a time where Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but in modern times, Christmas is much more heavily defined by consumerism. Marc looks at the ramifications of this with Harry Farley of Christian Today and Reverend David Cloake.
This week, whistleblowing, the continuing debate over how to define those who work in the gig economy, why some employers are doing themselves no favours by ignoring the wealth of talent among ex-service personnel and we ask if a new C Suite role should be created, the Chief Workplace Officer.