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The Autumn Spending Review on October 20th threatens to deliver the most severe cuts in public spending in our lifetime.We must be concerned that this will undermine the start of the construction led economic recovery as evidenced in the first two quarters of 2011.The 'Get Britain Building' campaign led by the MMA, British Precast, BMF and FMB has...
Ed Balls calls for £6bn windfall to be spent on housing
  Labour leadership contender Ed Balls has called for an extra £6bn to be spent on building 100,000 new affordable homes. He believes a recent £12bn Treasury windfall from improved public finances should be spent on easing the housing crisis and creating 750,000 construction jobs.  Treasury figures in July showed that Britain...
Final Lap of the "General Deception"
With just two days of the "General Deception" campaign left to run, I for one am clear that none of our political parties have done enough to deserve a mandate to govern for the next five years. Never before have we seen such a high level of orchestrated campaigning, master minded by the very spin doctors who have conspired to deceive us over so...
Political parties blind to construction solution
After a week of manifesto pledges and the leaders' debate, it is hard to avoid the nasty conclusion that construction is being sidelined. All parties are playing it safe in a phoney war that fails to tackle the big issue. Where are the bold policies to reduce the huge deficit without killing the fragile recovery? Without more creative ideas serious...
Lib Dems plan £3.1bn building stimulus to create jobs
Lib Dems plan £3.1bn building stimulus to create jobs
The Liberal Democrats would start a future term in office with a one-off £3.1bn Green stimulus package to create 100,000 jobs. The party will concentrate on building new homes and driving forward the low carbon economy in a first year spending boost to the construction industry. In a fully costed manifesto that promises a fairer society, the Lib...
Labour pledges to support fragile recovery
Labour pledges to support fragile recovery
Labour has launched an election manifesto that pledges to support the recovery and veers away from any big spending commitments. Unveiling the battle plan on which to fight the general election, Gordon Brown pledged not raise income tax in the next parliament, but refused to rule out a rise in VAT. The manifesto pointedly reinforces Labour goal to build a 21st...
Tory manifesto backs Crossrail and promises procurement shake-up
Tory manifesto backs Crossrail and promises procurement shake-up
The Tory Party has pledged to back Crossrail and offer smaller firms a bigger slice of Government work if it wins the next election.Launching the Conservative manifesto today, David Cameron said he planned to give more power to people and business.Cameron vowed to block the bulk of Labour's planned 1% rise in national insurance and save more than 50,000 jobs...
Welcome to "The General Deception!"
This week will see the main political parties unveil their manifestos which will no doubt be the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Somehow I suspect not, as our politicians fall over themselves to deprive us all of the real facts about the damage that has been done to the economy. They seem reluctant or perhaps unable to tell us about the pain we are all...
And they're off!
After months of speculation, Mr Brown has visited the Queen and asked for Parliament to be dissolved and the General Election will now take place on the 6th May 2010. Unprecedented levels of debt, a very uncertain economic outlook and massive under employment combined with the low levels of trust will make this General Election the most important in living...
Wolseley joins the Get Britain Building coalition
Wolseley joins the Get Britain Building coalition
Wolseley has become an official supporter of the Get Britain Building Campaign.The leading distributor of plumbing and heating products, also a major supplier of construction materials, has joined the coalition. Get Britain Building is spearheaded by the Builders' Merchants Federation, the Modern Masonry Alliance, British Precast and the Federation of Master...
House building rate needs to be increased
The rate of property development in the UK needs to be sped up, a workers representative body has claimed. Comments from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) followed the publication of figures from the Land Registry, which revealed that the price of a home rose by 0.9 per cent during September. The rate of growth has increased from the 0.5 per cent climb in prices...
Government pledges £1.5bn housing investment
An investment of £1.5bn in the housing sector has been announced by the Prime Minister. Gordon Brown said the funding will help build thousands of new homes as well as create jobs. The plans will involve both local councils and housing associations and will come into effect in just a few months. It is estimated that a total of 20,000 new energy...
The VAT trap
The VAT trap
Two people created new homes in the same village, but only one received a big tax bill... Article from Mail online Property sectionBy Mark Hughes-morgan Both have built new homes over the past year, and they live only a few hundred yards from each other in an Oxfordshire village. But while architect David Hoblyn has had to pay £30,000 in tax on his...
UK's biggest construction coalition calls on Scottish Government to prevent 16,000 job losses
Get Scotland Building, the biggest coalition in the country's construction industry's history, was launched today in the Scottish Parliament to demand that the Scottish Government does all it can to prevent 16,000 predicted job losses in the Scottish construction sector and to create conditions in which small and medium sized construction businesses can...
Bank expert warns unemployment could grow by a million
Bank expert warns unemployment could grow by a million
As many as one million further job cuts are likely to be made across the UK before unemployment reaches its peak. That is according to top economist and member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) David Blanchflower, who has expressed his belief that the current unemployment situation is only likely to get worse until the end of 2009....
Social housing cash 'going to south'
Social housing cash 'going to south'
The south of the UK is receiving more funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) than the rest of the country, it has been claimed.Some £2.8bn has been spent by the HCA between 1st December last year and 31st March on redevelopment and social housing.However, Inside Housing magazine reports that of that total, half - £1.4bn - was spent in...
Housing association plans north-east development
Housing association plans north-east development
NomadE5 is set to build 500 new affordable homes in the north-east of England after being awarded a £25m loan from Abbey.The housing association is also set to receive an additional £25m from the Homes and Communities Agency, allowing it to build each home at an average cost of £100,000, Inside Housing reports."We have been able to negotiate...
UK's biggest construction coalition to prevent 300,000 job losses launches at Welsh Assembly
The Get Britain Building campaign has been launched at the Welsh Assembly. The campaign is the biggest construction coalition in the UK's history and aims to prevent the predicted 300,000 job losses in the sector. The campaign has cross party support and argues that current Welsh government proposals do not go far enough in tackling the real...
Build now or put our long term economic future at risk
Leaders of the Get Britain Building coalition have issued a stark warning to the Government ahead of this week's critical budget statement.With factories closing and a predicted 450,000 job losses by 2010, campaigners say the industry is already at breaking point and requires urgent intervention to stimulate demand and provide social housing. If this...
Politicians and industry unite to Get Britain Building
Politicians from all parties and construction industry representatives have united to help kick start the ailing construction industry which is suffering its worst recession since 1980 with eight firms going bust every day and house building at its lowest level since 1924. Get Britain Building, the biggest coalition in the UK's building industry's history,...