A roundup of April's latest headlines from the UK's new housebuilder industry
Listed firms saw an increase in stock prices at the announcement of a general election in June. Berkeley Group saw the biggest rise, along with Taylor Wimpey, Bellway and Barratt.
The new scheme that came into effect at the begining of April, aims to reduce the skill shortage in the construction industry, which has been a major hurdle facing housebuilders in recent years. Karen Jones, HR Director at Redrow, believes that the levy will "directly increase the number of businesses growing apprentice numbers across the UK". There are roughly 50000 homes in the UK waiting to be built because of the shortage.
Sajid Javid was questioned over the housing white paper published by the Government in February. The event can be watched via the link below.
RIBA publications will soon be launching a book on social housing that suggests local authorities are begining to re-assert their responsibilities to house their populations in suitable abodes. Enfield and Newham council are leading the way in this, with major developments in the pipeline. Paul Finch gives his thoughts on what this could mean for the future of council housing...
The Structural Timber Association and Trussed Rafter Association have signed a memorandum of understanding to reinforce the close working relationship between the two bodies. This collaboration aims to bring quality improvements and increased skills in wall, roof and floor construction for the benefit of housebuilders.
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