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Key Part L reform slammed as 10% home extension tax
Key Part L reform slammed as 10% home extension tax
Homeowners face a 10% extension tax if plans to update Part L of the Building Regulations are passed. Government plans to tighten up the Building Regulation include a key proposal to force through significant energy performance improvements to the rest of the home when an extension is built. House building lobby group, the Modern Masonry Alliance dubbed the...
Extra £150m released for Get Britain Building fund
Extra £150m released for Get Britain Building fund
The Government has confirmed it is releasing an extra £150m for the Get Britain Building fund to boost the total pot for stalled housing projects to £570m. The extra cash will help more than 200 stalled sites by releasing commercial loans to builders to break ground on house building sites. The fund was three times over-subscribed and the Homes...
Obama's construction led recovery shows Cameron the route to recovery
Obama's construction led recovery shows Cameron the route to recovery
The unemployment rate held at a 13-year high of 8.4% in the three months to January. While the jobless figure rose, the rate of increase appears to be slowing, but youth unemployment brought further bad news for Government as it hit a record high. The latest disappointing figures will raise pressure on Chancellor George Osborne to boost growth and jobs in...
25,000 homes for growth
25,000 homes for growth
Powerful housing lobby group, the Modern Masonry Alliance, is calling on the Government to forward finance right-to-buy receipts to start work immediately on building 25,000 homes for affordable rent. The Government yesterday unveiled plans to revamp right-to-buy by offering discounts of up to £75,000 on council-owed properties. The Prime Minister said...
Get Britain Building campaign triumphs as NewBuy mortgage guarantees launched
Get Britain Building campaign triumphs as NewBuy mortgage guarantees launched
The Get Britain Building Campaign saw a year of lobbying pay off today as the Prime Minister launched NewBuy mortgage indemnity guarantees. The move by Government to guarantee risky mortgages is a big victory for the campaign and in particular the Home Builders Federation, which together called for the measure to get the housing industry back on its...
Call for social house building drive as homelessness spikes
Call for social house building drive as homelessness spikes
The number of homeless households put into bed and breakfast hotels has jumped nearly 40% to 3,170 last year. Latest figures from the Communities and Local Government also show that 48,510 households were classified homeless last year, up 14% on 2010. The number of people made homeless because their private sector tenancy ended or as a result of mortgage...
Home planning approvals running at half the level needed
Home planning approvals running at half the level needed
Planning permissions in England have halved in four years to just 115,000 homes. Figures released today in Home Builder Federation's latest Housing Pipeline report revealed the lowest number of permissions since the survey began in 2007. The figures are a huge wakeup call and underline why Government must stand firm and deliver its pro-growth...
Public housing starts down a third from Nov-Jan
Public housing starts down a third from Nov-Jan
Government spending cuts are starting to hit starts despite efforts to develop new funding streams. According to the latest NHBC housing registration figures social housing starts fell 20% in January to 1,850, compared with 2,304 the year before. The three-month rolling total for public housing starts was worse again, down a third on the same period last...
Housing starts fall below 100,000 again
Housing starts fall below 100,000 again
Annual housing starts have slipped below 100,000 once more in a fresh blow to Government housing policy.The 4% fall in house building to 98,240 in 2011 is a major setback for Housing Minister Grant Shapps who promised to reinvigorate the housing sector after blaming Labour for falling building levels during its time in office. The disappointing official...
Call for building stimulus as jobless total hits 16-year high
Call for building stimulus as jobless total hits 16-year high
Unemployment continued to climb to 2.67m in the last quarter of 2011, hitting a 16-year high.According to new Government figures out this morning the jobless rate among 16 to 24-year-olds rose 22,000 to 1.04m, taking the unemployment rate to 22.2% in this group.Despite some signs that the rate of rise is easing, there is growing concern that rising...
First 18 Get Britain Building projects fast-tracked for funding
First 18 Get Britain Building projects fast-tracked for funding
The Homes and Communities Agency has been inundated with more 170 applications for its £420m Get Britain Building programme to kick-start stalled housing jobs.As a result the agency has fast-tracked 18 schemes to unlock £46m to start construction of 1,300 new homes.The remainder of the bids will now be assessed with a shortlist of schemes to be taken...
Government must create house building jobs for UK's sake
Government must create house building jobs for UK's sake
The Modern Masonry Alliance is urging the Government to take decisive action to stimulate the building industry to avoid a double dip recession. The Alliance has called on the Government to directly fund building of an extra 20,000 social homes to stimulate the flagging UK economy. Latest official data shows construction heading for a second...
Council have key role in beating housing crisis
Council have key role in beating housing crisis
Councils need to play a bigger role in helping the country to solve the present housing crisis. An in depth report by the Homes and Communities Agency and Local Government Association argues councils need to play a more pivotal role in delivering housing.The report, entitled 'Meeting Local Housing Demand', lays out several options available to councils...
Unemployment figures worst for 17 years
Unemployment figures worst for 17 years
Unemployment reached a 17-year high today after an 118,000 increase in the jobless total, which saw a record number of young people out of work. The latest set of grim figures prompted calls for the Government to help employers create jobs and stimulate house building. Mike Leonard of the MMA said, "As we predicted in September 2010, when we published our...
Generation locked out of broken housing market
Generation locked out of broken housing market
The housing market in England is broken, with more social and affordable housing urgently needed, according to a new report.The National Housing Federation has published a hard-hitting report, which spells out the true extent of the housing crisis taking hold across the country. For young professionals and low income families alike, the triple whammy of high...
Shapps in row over release of shocking housing start figures
The Government is coming under fire for releasing appalling affordable housing start figures a day after the high profile launch of its housing strategy to build more homes.It has been accused of trying to hide bad news after new figures showed a 99% fall in the number of affordable homes built last year. Shapps came under fire on the BBC Today programme...
Cut the VAT Campaign - November 2011
The effects of a reduction in the rate of VAT on the labour element of housing repair, maintenance and improvementOn 10th March 2009 the European Council of Finance Ministers (ECOFIN) announced that it would allow EU Member States to permanently reduce VAT to five per cent on the repair, maintenance and improvement (RM&I) of private dwellings.New research...
Government unveils a 'Get Britain Building' housing strategy
Government unveils a 'Get Britain Building' housing strategy
The Government has seized on the slogan of the Get Britain Building Campaign for a central part of its strategy to tackle the housing crisis. Later today the Government will detail a raft of measures designed to get more homes built in England.   These include plans for a revamped council right-to-buy scheme, offering homes at 50% of their...
Industry must unite behind Get Britain Building campaign
Industry must unite behind Get Britain Building campaign
Calls are growing for the industry to unite behind one banner to convince Government to use construction as a driver for economic growth. This week Bill Bolsover, the chairman of the Construction Products Association, said the time had come for the industry to speak with a single effective voice.Speaking to members at the CPA annual lunch, he said: "The UK ...
Developers get £500m to 'get Britain building again'
 Developers get £500m to 'get Britain building again'
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has released details of a £500m fund for private developers to restart stalled housing and commercial schemes hit by site infrastructure problems. The Growing Places Fund will provide bridging finance to get projects going, where they have halted because of problems with road access, contaminated land and flood...