Some of the money raised through the upcoming sugary drinks tax should be spent on ‘real’ bread for children’s breakfast, according to the Real Bread Campaign (RBC).Announced in Wednesday’s Budget (16 March), Chancellor George Osborne set out plans to introduce a sugar tax on drinks with over 5 grams of sugar per 100ml, in two-years’ time. The Treasury said it expected the levy to raise £520m in its first year, £10m of which would be used to expand breakfast clubs in up to 1,600 schools from September 2017.RBC issued a call for schools to spend their share of the funds on locally-sourced, additive-free loaves.Chris Young, coordinator of RBC, said: “This is a great opportunity for schools to help get many thousands of children off to the best start with real bread breakfasts, which will also support small, independent bakeries in their local communities.”Campaign group Action on Sugar recently welcomed the tax on sugary drinks, but said it did not feel the levy went far enough.
Minneapolis-headquartered Wolters Kluwer, a risk and compliance consultant, has released the 2017 HMDA (Home Mortgage Disclosure Act) aggregate data of U.S. lenders’ mortgage lending transactions, collected from individual lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and analyzed by Wolters Kluwer for use by its customers. The release shows lending practices in the aggregate as well as by individual institutions, allowing viewers market insights that are ahead of the federal government’s aggregate data report.The Wolters Kluwer data marks the earliest view that lenders have ever witnessed into an aggregated HMDA data set for the prior year’s lending. “We are very supportive of the Bureau having shared individual lender data so soon after the initial March 1 submission,” noted Heather Gentile, Senior Director, Compliance Analytics for Wolters Kluwer. “It allowed us to analyze, aggregate and package that data in a manner that provides our customers an early view into how they are performing compared to peers. The earlier that lenders have such data, the more effectively they can compare against market peers, make adjustments as needed, and fully implement those lending strategies.”On March 30, 2018, the Bureau posted the release of individual institutions’ 2017 HMDA modified loan application register data, making it available in downloadable, institution-specific form for all lenders who completed 2017 HMDA transaction data submissions. This approach differs from previous years when institutions’ lending data wasn’t made available until late in the calendar year.“Wiz users can also import lender-specific data files for analysis using Wolters Kluwer’s data import functionality,” Gentile said.Wolters Kluwer released the aggregate lending data to its customers at the beginning of April. Once the Bureau publishes its aggregated data set in May or June, Wolters Kluwer will process that data set and share with customers, giving them a final Peer Data file with which to work. The aggregated lender data file is available for all Wolter Kluwers Wiz clients via download at the Wiz Web Center. May 7, 2018 634 Views Wolters Kluwer Releases HMDA Data Share