House price growth continues to outpace wages

The minimum income first-time buyers need in order to buy a home in the UK’s largest cities has risen by 18 per cent in the past three years, with house price growth continuing to outpace earnings in 16 out of... View Article

Community Housing Fund Phase 2 launched

£163m of affordable housing funding is now available to communities across England, after Phase Two of the Community Housing Fund was launched on 17 September. Phase One of the fund launched in July, and like Phase 2, it has been... View Article

Housing associations get £2bn

Housing associations are to receive £2bn from the Government to build low-cost homes. Theresa May told a National Housing Federation conference that the “most ambitious” providers will be able to bid for Government money that could last them until 2028-29,... View Article

May confirms removal of borrowing cap

The borrowing cap for local councils to build new housing is set to be scrapped, potentially opening up billions of pounds of funding for new council housebuilding schemes. In a move that has been long called for by many in... View Article

Damp-proofing in social housing

By Richard Walker, National Technical and Development Manager at Peter Cox With leaves starting to fall and the daylight hours becoming noticeably shorter, we are starting to enter a period of colder mornings and evenings, or what we call in... View Article

Construction manufacturers expect strong final quarter of 2018

Construction products manufacturing returned to business as usual in Q3 after the weather-related pauses and subsequent catch-up in the first half of the year. Britain’s £56 billion industry is cautiously optimistic that the year will finish strong with sales anticipated... View Article

New Government data backs CPRE Green Belt figures

An analysis of the new Government data released today (4 October) by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows that since 2012 almost 10,000 hectares of Green Belt land have been released from ‘protected’ Green Belt boundaries by local... View Article

NFB: Government to reduce the human cost of late payment

The Government’s announcement of measures to tackle late payment will help the 74% of construction companies that have almost gone into liquidation because of the practice. The package of measures unveiled by the Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst will also... View Article

May removes council borrowing cap

The borrowing cap for local councils to build new housing is set to be scrapped, potentially opening up billions of pounds of funding for new council housebuilding schemes. In a move that has been long called for by many in... View Article