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Construction output both rises and falls

14 December 2018

October 2018 saw a fall of 0.2% in construction output compared with growth of 1.7% in September.

Scottish Government acts to improve fire safety

13 December 2018

Sound alerts for evacuation in high rise buildings and extending the mandatory installation of sprinklers in new flats, will be introduced in legislation next year, the Scottish Government has announced.

Apprenticeship Levy needs to be made more flexible

13 December 2018

News from the Department for Education (DfE), that there has been a 24% fall in apprenticeship starts for 2017/18 compared with the previous academic year, has not come as a surprise to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Helping ex-offenders build a new life

11 December 2018

Prisons in Yorkshire have secured a £250,000 investment to start a construction academy at HMP Leeds which will aim to equip offenders with valuable skills ahead of release.

Centres of excellence aim to innovate

10 December 2018

The expertise of three separate centres of excellence is being brought together to promote innovative technologies in the construction sector.

Change to Building Regulations after cladding consultation

7 December 2018

During the summer of 2018, the Government consulted on how to introduce a ban on the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings.

Airport aims to revolutionise offsite construction industry

7 December 2018

We reported in July 2018 on the possible impact on the construction industry of Heathrow Airport’s expansion plans (see Airport expansion could see construction sector take off).

Claim your expenses from HMRC

7 December 2018

Construction workers are being urged to claim tax relief on their expenses. In what is being billed as a potential Christmas bonus courtesy of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), they are among a group of workers advised to see if they are eligible for a rebate on work-related expenses.

Training Board sells skills card business

4 December 2018

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has agreed to sell its Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) to NOCN Group, one of the sector’s largest awarding organisations.

Places to work or places to live?

4 December 2018

Permitted development rules have been criticised for allowing offices to be converted into housing without planning permission. Arguing that they are exacerbating the nation’s housing affordability crisis, the Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for the rules to be scrapped.