Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 11:41
Seven construction sector trade bodies have published report 'Unlocking Growth in UK Construction' containing their wish list for boosting construction growth. This report shows that there are concrete measures the government can take to unlock growth in the building sector.
The trade bodies want to see rebalancing of public expenditure in favour of capital investment, a cut in VAT for making homes greener, new models for financing major infrastructure works, more bank lending to construction firms and wider availability of affordable mortgages for first-time buyers.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 10:18
Since 1 October HMRC
has capped penalties for late returns of payment information to contractors under the Construction Industry Scheme at £3,000. Before then penalties for failing to register with the CIS scheme were £100 each month and could amount to tens of thousands of pounds. Some building contractors have claimed that the taxman is prepared to waive some of the heftier fines under the old penalty system.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 10:25
According to figures recently published by the National Audit Office, the majority of UK businesses are making use of HM Revenue & Customs' (HMRC) online filing service.
94 per cent of PAYE in-year returns were filed electronically in 2010-11 and 77 per cent of Self-Assessment returns and 67 per cent of VAT returns are now filed online. More than 11 million customers are filing their returns online.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:11
The £500 million Growing Places Fund is aimed to get Britain building again. The Fund will boost economic growth by getting the required infrastructure built to enable the creation of new jobs and homes.
The Fund will put local businesses and organisations in the driving seat, with the 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships able to apply for the funding and then take decisions about what to prioritise locally.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:39
As one in six workers in the construction industry due to retire in the next decade, the building industry is facing a retirement timebomb.
In the current economic downturn the relationship between the construction industry and local authorities needs to be improved to ensure that the right skills and training are in place for the future, according to Jamie White, Head of Commercial Strategy at the National Skills Academy for Construction.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 09:37
The nominations for 2011 Construction Computing Awards have closed and CLiP IT Solutions has become a finalist in the Construction Accounting Product of the Year category with CIA software package.
We would like to thank everyone that has sent messages of support and congratulations, we have loved hearing from you.
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 08:51
Recent data shows a 4% growth in construction projects starting on site for the three months to September compared to the same period a year ago according to Glenigan. Infrastructure and non-residential building sectors demonstrate 34% and 7% growth respectively while residential project starts declined by 14%.
Infrastructure growth was driven by large investments in road and rail station projects in the South West and South East of England including the start of £160m Woolwich Station development as part of Crossrail.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 09:37
The Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) recommended restricting the use of Building Notices and introduction of a tougher system that would require detailed plans to be submitted to local authority Building Control departments for a number of construction projects that currently only require Building Notices. But critics say that this will clash with the coalition’s policy of deregulation.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 10:15
Builders in Plymouth are to be offered government-owned land under a 'buy now, pay later' scheme. Construction companies will be handed disused sites to build on for nothing, and only pay when the properties are sold overcoming problems with the lack of upfront finance.
Nationally, up to 100,000 homes are expected to be built under the scheme, which is designed to boost the Construction Industry while enabling thousands more people to get on the housing ladder.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 09:25
Over 100 leading businesses in the building products sector urge Government to provide more support to sustainable initiatives. Nearly 100% of surveyed companies in the Construction Industry recognise sustainability as the key to their future according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Construction Products Association.