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Council pension pots could fund 300,000 homes a year
Council pension pots could fund 300,000 homes a year
The Future Homes Commission has today set out radical plans to fund a three-fold rise in new house building without any call on public funds. The Commission, set up by the Royal Institute of British Architects, has called on Government to use council pension pots to fund a massive building programme of up to 300,000 homes a year. It argues that 15 of the...
Construction last major UK industry in recession
Construction last major UK industry in recession
New Government figures for the economy have revealed that construction is the last major UK industry left in recession. Latest estimates for GDP growth show construction shrank by 2.5% in the third quarter, despite Government pledges to use construction to drive growth in the economy. Overall the UK economy bounced back by 1% in the third quarter, but still...
Pressure mounts on Government to deliver on housing
Pressure mounts on Government to deliver on housing
Levels of both public and private house building continued to drop during the last quarter, according to the latest survey from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The latest drop over the three months to September has prompted the institution to puts it weight behind mounting pressure on Government to boost house building. According to the latest...
Government pays price for failure to build homes
Government pays price for failure to build homes
Years of not building enough homes are set to undermine the Government's attempts to reduce its benefits bill as rents soar. Rising private sector rents have forced an additional 417,830 working people to seek Government assistance in just three years, according to the National Housing Federation today. The figure represents an 86% increase since 2009 on...
Private and public housing output shrinks
Private and public housing output shrinks
The volume of new public house building work fell by a fifth in the three months to August, according to latest government statistics. New public housing work decreased by 20.7%, while new private housing compounded the industry's problems shrinking by 12.1%, compared to a year ago. The figures dealt yet another blow to the Government, which is trying to...
Cameron says ‘we must accept need for more homes’
Cameron says ‘we must accept need for more homes’
David Cameron today said the time had come for Britain to accept that more homes need to be built for the sake of the young generation. Speaking to the Conservative conference, he declared the Conservatives were the “party of home ownership” and pledged not to let nimbys stand in the way of delivering needed new homes. The Prime Minister said:...
MPs Cast Doubts On Prospects For Infrastructure
MPs Cast Doubts On Prospects For Infrastructure
The Government has been called to act after politicians from across the political spectrum expressed doubts about plans to upgrade the country's infrastructure. 107 MPs were surveyed via a CITB-ConstructionSkills ComRes panel, with 54% (58 MPs) responding that infrastructure projects and programmes - from HS2 to New Nuclear Build - would not be...
Get Britain Building Campaign welcomes Labour’s £3bn house building plan
Get Britain Building Campaign welcomes Labour’s £3bn house building plan
Labour has unveiled plans to kick-start the economy with a £3bn house building drive funded from the sale of 4G mobile phone licences. The pledge has been welcomed by the Get Britain Building Campaign as “innovative approach” to tackling the house building crisis and creating needed jobs. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said around £2.5bn...
Housing minister confirms £1bn Decent Homes programme boost
Housing minister confirms £1bn Decent Homes programme boost
Housing Minister Mark Prisk today confirmed nearly £1billion to bring substandard council homes up to scratch over the next two years. The minister said that the funding, to be allocated to 41 councils, would bring over 86,000 homes up to a decent living standard. The government first announced the funding plans after the spending review in October...
Modern Masonry Alliance calls for VAT cut to boost home extensions
Modern Masonry Alliance calls for VAT cut to boost home extensions
The Modern Masonry Alliance has called for a fresh set of measures to encourage homeowners into building extensions again. The call comes after the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton voted overwhelmingly against Coalition Government plans to allow 8m long extensions to be built without planning permission. Although the Lib Dem party conference vote is...
Lib Dems call for ‘aggressive programme of house building’
Lib Dems call for ‘aggressive programme of house building’
Business Secretary Vince Cable has led the call from the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton for a massive wave of house building. Speaking ahead of the housing debate Cable said the country needed to build an extra 100,000 homes a year, driven by housing associations and councils. He told the conference the country needed a demand stimulus and...
Housing takes centre stage in conference season economy debate
Housing takes centre stage in conference season economy debate
Britain's main political parties will put housing in the spotlight as a driver of economic recovery in the conference season debates in coming weeks. There is now a consensus among the three parties that housing policy will prove a key battle ground in the run up to the next election. Liberal Democrats have set aside one and half hours for their housing...
Great Britain Needs “Gold” for Jobs and Growth
Great Britain Needs “Gold” for Jobs and Growth
The Get Britain Building lobby has launched a Jobs and Growth campaign, aimed at getting the economy moving again. Get Britain Building campaigners firmly believe that the only option left for Government is to build our way out of recession. They argue the simple but effective answer to the country's plight has worked before and will be successful again,...
Housing approvals slump in first 3 months of NPPF
Housing approvals slump in first 3 months of NPPF
The flow of housing planning approvals slumped to a three-year low in the second quarter of the year after a positive start to 2012. The figures in the Home Builders Federation's latest Housing Pipeline cover the first three months of the Government's National Planning Policy Framework. Planning permissions during this period slumped by a third to...
Round-up of David Cameron’s government reshuffle
Round-up of David Cameron’s government reshuffle
Following David Cameron's ministerial shake up, these are the main movers that will have an impact on the house building industry. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Eric Pickles Senior Minister of State (Faith and Communities) - Baroness Warsi Housing Minister: Mark Prisk (taking over from Grant Shapps who is now...
Scottish Government reshuffle sees new housing minister
Scottish Government reshuffle sees new housing minister
Margaret Burgess, MSP for Cunninghame South, has become new minister for housing and welfare in Scotland. She takes over from previous housing minister Keith Brown who has moved to transport. The addition of the welfare brief in the ministerial shake-up reflects the importance of housing in aiding economic recovery and also the challenges facing those in...
Government claims housing stimulus will deliver extra 70,000 homes
Government claims housing stimulus will deliver extra 70,000 homes
The Government has launched its long-awaited housing stimulus package to boost construction jobs and kick-start the economy. Key measures are based on a year-long relaxing of planning rules, £300m of new cash for affordable housing and a £10bn package of financial guarantees. The prime minister and deputy prime minister unveiled the plan, which...
Government to suspend section 106 on housing schemes
Government to suspend section 106 on housing schemes
The Government is expected to unveil plans to suspend section 106 requirements for social homes on housing schemes tomorrow. Details of the controversial plan were leaked as the Government was finalising a raft of measures designed to stimulate house building. Plans to introduce an affordable housing holiday on housing developments will benefit major house...
Mark Prisk lands housing minister job
Mark Prisk lands housing minister job
Construction minister Mark Prisk has taken over from Grant Shapps as the new housing minister. The industry reacted to the reshuffle warning that Prisk needs to hit the ground running to avoid a deepening of the current housing crisis. Prisk, who has strongly campaigned to protect the Green Belt from development, takes up the new job as the Government...
Housing Summit 2012
Housing Summit 2012
Last chance to register for the housing event of the year for Private and Public Sector House Builders. Key note speaker, Shadow Housing Minister - Jack Dromney will set out the urgent need to build more homes and the benefits this will deliver in terms of jobs and growth. Adrian Coles, CEO of the Building Societies Association will discuss the mortgage...