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Insulation ‘Cashback’ scheme to deliver savings for all

Of all the ‘cost of living crises’ faced by householders, rising fuel bills are among the worst. Governments and their ‘eco-taxes’ are partly to blame, but subsidised renewable energy schemes can outweigh this growing burden. The latest is an insulation... View Article

Trees cause over £25 million damage to new homes

Over £25million of damage has been caused to new homes by trees over the last six years, according to figures released by NHBC. The UK’s leading warranty provider and standard setting body for new build homes is so concerned by... View Article

Gross mortgage lending continues to grow in April

Gross mortgage lending was an estimated £16.6 billion in April, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. This is 8% higher than March’s gross lending total and 36% higher than April last year (£12.2 billion) and the highest total for... View Article

The Build Show backs five per cent VAT cut

As new figures show that more than half of homeowners admit to paying tradesmen in cash in order to avoid VAT, a practice that is costing the Treasury £2 billion per year, the Build Show has reiterated its calls to... View Article

BPF: New Green Deal Home Improvement Fund welcome

The British Property Federation (BPF) has welcomed the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. It has praised the Government for launching sensible changes that will make the application process easier, but would like to see further details on what will... View Article

£7600 to make your home more energy efficient

Households carrying out energy efficiency improvements on their home can now get more money back to offset the cost of having the work done. From June, people in England and Wales will be able to get up to £7600 back... View Article

Call to support efficient appliance sales

A new report published today “Promoting highly efficient electrical appliances” calls on the Government to help the public replace their old appliances and cut their energy bills by up to £75 a year. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)... View Article

Government responds to the Housing Standards Review

Following a consultation exercise conducted by The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) last year, which sought views on the results of a review of local housing standards, the government has announced that it will move all necessary local housing... View Article

Government confirms self-builders’ exemption from CIL

The Department for Communities and Local Government believe that exempting selfbuilders from paying the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will save the self-build housing sector thousands of pounds and encourage the construction of up to 3,000 currently ‘mothballed’ small housing projects.... View Article

Labour recognises the role of self-builders

There are many challenges faced by today’s small, custom and self-builders, but the most difficult to overcome must be the availability of land. OK – self-builders may be able to bid on the land the big boys see as not... View Article
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