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Time to get Scotland building
Time to get Scotland building
Get Britain Building campaigners have called on all political parties to agree quickly on a robust devolution settlement following the outcome of the Scottish referendum. Mike Leonard, spokesman for Get Britain Building, said the time had come to draw up long term investment plans in Scotland to attract inward investment, stimulate growth and local...
Cross-party focus on housing and infrastructure will deliver jobs and growth
Cross-party focus on housing and infrastructure will deliver jobs and growth
Cross-party consensus on how best to deliver new housing and infrastructure projects would result in 200,000 new jobs in the construction sector, according to the industry's leading organisations. The call came at the launch of the Get Britain Building 2020 Delivery Plan which makes the case for using construction as a driver of jobs and growth and...
Further support to “Get Britain Building”
Further support to “Get Britain Building”
Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has launched a£3m fund to speed up getting work started on 85 new housing sites. The site delivery fund will unlock development on housing sites that have been agreed but are suffering delays. According to Government estimates it will accelerate as many as 25,000 new homes. The funding will be available to...
Labour unveils Help to Buy plan for small builders
Labour unveils Help to Buy plan for small builders
The Labour Party has outlined proposals for its Help to Build scheme to harness the delivery capacity of smaller house builders. The proposed programme would provide government guarantees for loans to SME house builders. Labour argues this will overcome the single biggest barrier to delivering more new homes, which is access to finance on viable...
HCA sets out four-year growth plan and 2014 building targets
HCA sets out four-year growth plan and 2014 building targets
The Homes and Communities Agency has detailed how it plans to maintain the scale and pace of delivery of new homes and support economic growth over the next four years. The 2014 to 2018 Corporate Plan also sets out details of its £4.1bn spending programme and building targets for 2014/15. This includes delivering the new 2015-18 Affordable Homes...
Brandon Lewis promoted to housing and planning minister
Brandon Lewis promoted to housing and planning minister
Brandon Lewis has been appointed housing and planning minister following the latest government reshuffle. Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth, had previously been a parliamentary under-secretary at the same department with responsibility for local government. He takes over from Kris Hopkins, who lasted just 10 months in the job. Hopkins will remain...
House builders call for stability after Carney warns on housing market
House builders call for stability after Carney warns on housing market
Housebuilders have warned the Help to Buy scheme remains critical to boosting housing supply, after the governor of the Bank of England said an overheating market was the biggest risk to recovery. The house building industry said that it needs stability to deal with the housing shortage, not further tinkering with finance and support for buyers. At the...
Race starts for £525m small housing scheme funding
Race starts for £525m small housing scheme funding
The Government has paved the way for local house builders to start preparing bids for a slice of  £525m available funding to get small housing schemes off the ground. Bids will be invited in May for loan funding to restart and speed up “shovel-ready” housing developments of between 15 and 250 homes. Housing Minister Kris Hopkins today...
Chancellor puts housing at the heart of recovery plan
Chancellor puts housing at the heart of recovery plan
Chancellor George Osborne today laid out fresh plans to build an extra 200,000 homes. He acknowledged the important role smaller developers play in delivering housing with a new £500m fund to stimulate delivery of local projects. The new Builders Finance Fund will provide loans to smaller housing developers and unlock an estimated 15,000 housing units...
Labour's 'Help to Build' plan to galvanise smaller house builders
Labour's 'Help to Build' plan to galvanise smaller house builders
The Labour Party has floated plans to offer a Help to Build guarantee scheme to bring an army of smaller house builders back into the market. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said the provision of guarantees to help small and medium-sized builders to access finance could transform housing delivery. These firm have historically played a key role and used to deliver...
Modern Masonry Alliance calls for an immediate Cut in Vat on Major Home Improvements
Modern Masonry Alliance calls for an immediate  Cut in Vat on Major Home Improvements
Ahead of the Budget on March 19th the “Modern Masonry Alliance” has joined forces with 61 Industry Coalition partners to back the FMB led campaign calling for an immediate cut in the VAT on major home improvements. The aim is to stimulate the market, creating Jobs and growth throughout the UK. The move follows the launch of a new report,...
Hopkins announces £917m New Homes Bonus allocations
Hopkins announces £917m New Homes Bonus allocations
More than £900m will be awarded in New Homes Bonus for 2014 to 2015. Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has confirmed the payments, which will be shared among England's 353 councils. He said that since the New Homes Bonus began in 2011, councils will be receiving funding for delivering 550,000 newly-built homes and conversions, including over 160,000...
Government claims Britain is building again as housing starts jump
Government claims Britain is building again as housing starts jump
The Government today claimed its policies have succeeded in getting Britain building again after releasing a flurry of housing figures. Latest official new housing returns show starts up 8% to 32,230 between July and September, compared to the previous quarter. This is the fastest rate of house building since the crash and was driven by private housing up...
Milliband pledges house building revolution
Milliband pledges house building revolution
Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised to double the number of homes being built to 200,000, if his party regains power. The pledge to overhaul house building and build a million homes will be the centrepiece of Labour's manifesto at the next election. Labour also wants to harness the potential of hundreds of smaller house builders to crank up delivery...
Housing Summit sets the agenda for growth and sustainability
Housing Summit sets the agenda for growth and sustainability
House building is once again dominating today's economic agenda. Next month's Housing Summit in Solihull will throw the spotlight onto the big challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for an industry preparing for growth. The Summit promises to be the housing event of the year for both private and public sector house builders. It will also be a...
Volume builders promise Minister they will build more homes
Volume builders promise Minister they will build more homes
Major house builders have reassured housing minister Mark Prisk that Government mortgage support measures will lead directly to more homes being built.   The meeting took place as fresh figures showed that 12,500 reservations have been made through the Government's Help to Buy scheme up to the end of August. The scheme is well on target to deliver...
Free workshop for West Midlands based builders!
Free workshop for West Midlands based builders!
If you are a local Builder who has been unable to get back in to house building... We want to help you. Coventry University and the Modern Masonry Alliance with the help of European funding,have joined forces to create FREE interactive and informative workshops to not only support and develop house building activities, but to also provide guidance on how...
Government figures confirm starts up 6%
Government figures confirm starts up 6%
England's house building starts and completions both rose during the second quarter, according to the latest Government numbers. Figures from the Communities and Local Government department show there were 29,510 new homes started between April and June this year - 6% higher than the previous quarter, and a third higher than the same time last...
Part L reforms will hinder housing supply
Part L reforms will hinder housing supply
New building standards released this week will add costs and threaten to choke off the fragile housing recovery. The warning from the house building industry came as the Government confirmed reforms to Part L of the Building Regulations will be delayed until April 2014, six months later than intended. But builders and housing groups are warning that the...
£10bn housing guarantees open for business
£10bn housing guarantees open for business
The government today offered up to £10 billion in loan guarantees to get Britain building and deliver tens of thousands of homes to rent. The scheme has been designed to stoke the private rented sector as well as affordable housing schemes. Up to £3.5 billion has been made available to each of the PRS and Affordable Housing Guarantees. The...