Legislation

Construction union UCATT calls for new element to basic industry construction tests

Following the recent media stories about rogue companies issuing fraudulent CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards, UCATT is calling for a clearer, better approach to help ensure safety on construction sites.

Government “panel of experts” will help councils create local plans

The Government has appointed an eight-strong “panel of experts” to help councils create local plans faster, a move that has been welcomed by the property industry.

Construction skills shortages ‘hitting house-building plans’

Council officials have called for a significant rise in the number of construction apprenticeships, in order to support the UK’s wider house-building aspirations.

Construction boss gets 5-year disqualification for mishandling company funds

Mark Hulbert, the director of Hulbert Homes Limited (Hulbert) a company incorporated to provide general construction services, has been disqualified from acting as a director for 5 years for causing the company to make payments to the detriment of specific creditors.

56% of construction workers face pension gap

Less attention is paid to company pensions by construction and property workers than those in other industries.

Construction workers urged to check pay packets

Construction workers are being urged to check their pay packets to ensure that employers are honouring the latest pay deal.

14-year director bans for £5.5m land banking and carbon credit scam

Three brothers, Barinua Carr Nwikpo, John Ekpobari Nwikpo and Daniel Nwikpo have been disqualified for 14 years each along with another man, Bradley Peter Ferry, for operating a land banking and carbon credit scam through Tullett Brown Ltd.

Property developer admits making unlawful changes to listed building

A millionaire property developer has admitted he should not have modernised a Grade II listed building in south Wales.

Industry cracksdown on illegal plywood imports

New efforts to crack down on illegally sourced plywood imported from China into the UK have been backed by the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF).

£1.5 million land banking scam shut down by the Insolvency Service

Gilbert Webb Estates Limited which marketed residential-sized plots of undeveloped land at a site in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire to the public for sale as an investment opportunity has been ordered into liquidation by the High Court on grounds of public interest following an Insolvency Service investigation.

Boles calls for more self builders

Planning minister Nick Boles says he would like to see more people building their own home, claiming it is often a more cost effective way to get a home, particularly for families.

UCATT has fears over agency change

Construction union UCATT says the government’s decision to change departmental responsibility for the Gangmaster’s Licensing Authority (GLA) could weaken its effectiveness.

Farrell calls for more educated planners

The planning system needs radical reform to so that it is proactively managed by more design literate planners and councillors, an influential government commissioned review led by architect Sir Terry Farrell has concluded.

NI anti-blackilsting laws 'too weak', says UCATT

Construction union UCATT is warning that new anti-blacklisting regulations introduced in Northern Ireland this week won’t necessarily stop the practice, because they are not strong enough.

NHF hits out at Section 106 changes

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at government plans to exempt self-builders and small builders developing less than 10 homes from having to pay affordable housing levies through Section 106 agreements.

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Features

2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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