Labour manifesto offers welcome proposals on skills, but still not enough for SME builders, says industry

At least one part of Labour’s election manifesto has found favour with SME builders – and that’s the proposal to link its housing and skills policy as part of its industrial strategy.

Labour announce plans to boost number of homes including fast track planning and help for small firms

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds will outline Labour’s plans to build more homes and help the next generation on to the property ladder during a pre-election debate at the Houses of Parliament.

Labour’s Lyons Review has sacrificed housing crisis solution to prop up first-time buyers

The Labour Party has been accused of using the Lyons Review to sidestep responsibility for any genuine solution to the housing crisis, favouring a politically safe focus on first-time buyers that will only serve to prop up a broken market.

Building projects in Devon & Cornwall suffer delays due to skills shortage

Development projects in Exeter and across Devon and Cornwall are being delayed by up to three months as a result of a struggle to source skilled labour, according to property consultancy JLL.

Labour’s ‘Help to Build’ could assist small house builders

The Labour Party’s proposed ‘Help to Build’ scheme, which would provide government guarantees for loans to SME house builders, has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) as a means to help more small house builders enter the housing market.

Surge in demand, but where’s the labour?

As the construction industry sees surging demand with further growth anticipated, it is experiencing unprecedented challenges in increasing capacity, with shortages of labour and materials, shows a new report.

Building new homes is the only answer to the housing crisis, says HBF

Building more homes is the way to solve Britain’s housing problems, not imposing rent controls, the HBF has said, following Ed Miliband’s proposed reforms of the private rented sector yesterday.

FMB backs Labour's 'Help to Build' scheme

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has backed Labour’s plans to introduce a ‘Help to Build’ scheme to improve access to finance for SME builders.

Labour will muster an “army” of small builders to deliver more homes

A future Labour government would take steps to increase competition in the housebuilding industry by opening up the market to smaller construction firms, shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds has told the NHBC.

We must recapture post war spirit to solve housing crisis, says shadow housing minister

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has said that a future Labour government will need to treat tackling the housing shortage in this country as a “war job” that can only be solved by taking bold and decisive steps such as building new towns and giving successful cities the right to keep growing.

Labour pledges 200,000 homes a year

An incoming Labour government would make housebuilding a priority and commit to building 200,000 homes a year by 2020, Ed Balls said this week.

Mixed response to Miliband's housing promise

Ed Miliband’s hint that a future Labour government might force housebuilders to build on land they have landbanked at the risk of losing it has received a mixed reception from the construction industry.

Armitt Review calls for independent infrastructure commisson

Britian needs a new independent National Infrastructure Commission to help set clear priorities, and provide better infrastructure planning for the whole country a new report has shown.

Banking our green and pleasant land

There has been much talk recently about the practise of land banking, with key political figures criticising its practice.

Labour threatens ‘hoarding’ house builders

Housebuilders could be forced to build on land they are sitting on, or face fines – under new plans by Labour.

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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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