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HBA: New Housing Secretary needs to value SMEs’ contribution

Following Sajid Javid’s appointment as home secretary, Theresa May has nominated James Brokenshire MP as the new secretary of state for housing, communities and local government. The House Builders Association (HBA) – the house building division of the National Federation... View Article

Occupational safety at home: construction

Planning and Preparation Those building their own house need to undertake as much detailed planning as a building contractor and in fact need to take even more care than an established firm who will already have stringent regulations in place.... View Article

CIS Tax Rebates: what you need to know

Could you be leaving cash on the table without even realising? You wouldn’t be the only one. A staggering number of construction workers aren’t claiming the Tax rebates they’re entitled to and are leaving themselves out of pocket. In this... View Article

Housing for the many begins with builders

Jeremy Corbyn has announced a green paper, entitled ‘Housing for the Many’, setting out the Labour Party’s strategy to fix the housing crisis. Centred on social housing, this green paper aims to deliver one million genuinely affordable homes over ten... View Article

Labour announces green paper: “Housing for the Many”

Labour has today launched a green paper entitled  ‘Housing for the Many” setting out their proposals for the UK Housing market. The green paper is a high level consultation document, which is heavy on policy announcements and somewhat lighter on... View Article

Let’s face the music and dance

James Parker looks at the prospects for house building and gives his forthright views on Brexit. Yes, the weather has been appalling in recent weeks – and certain world leaders might be more than troublesome – but you can’t blame... View Article

Expert comment: Plea to support small housebuilders

On 28 March, a plea was issued to the Government by a cross-party body, to support small housebuilders in a bid to solve the housing crisis. Steve Mansour, CEO of building insurance specialists CRL, has commented: “The state of the UK housing... View Article

The importance of branding in the built environment

There is no doubting the opportunities in today’s construction industry. The sector alone contributes nearly £90bn to the UK economy, which amounts to 6.7% of the wider total. But have you ever considered how important branding is for site developers... View Article

Brexit: NFB welcomes agreement on transition period

David Davis, secretary of state for exiting the EU, and Michel Barnier, EU chief negotiator for Brexit, said that the two sides have agreed on a “large part” of the transition agreement that will structure the “orderly withdrawal” of the... View Article

The housing industry reacts to the NPPF changes

Industry bodies have reacted to Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which is out for consultation until 10 May. The revised document urges developers to build houses more quickly, with measures to penalise... View Article
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