ECA backs Government plans for low-carbon heat

Leading electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA broadly welcomes the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy, which includes a scheme to help UK households install new, low-carbon heating systems. However, ECA urges further action in the coming years to meet... View Article

Funding to meet Fuel Poverty Target short of £18bn

Research published today by AgilityEco and Gemserv reveals that current funding and policy to relieve fuel poverty will help only a fraction of the 3.2 million homes that were in fuel poverty in 2019. The legally binding target to all... View Article

Housing waiting lists could double next year

One in 10 households in need of housing are stuck on council waiting lists for over five years as a result of the chronic shortage of affordable homes, new research reveals today. A new report, Building post-pandemic prosperity, commissioned by the... View Article

Major housing firm on reshuffle

Bjorn Howard, chief executive of housing association Aster Group, said: “This government’s ethos on housing has been consistent, despite a number of changes in personnel. While there are areas of the current strategy that would benefit from further thought –... View Article

netMAGmedia launches new construction industry podcast

netMAGmedia, which publishes a range of titles for the construction sector, presents the Building Insights podcast, which speaks to key voices from across the industry. Engaging with thought leaders from the worlds of design, construction, development, self-build and social housing... View Article

Cluttons reveals how frequent revaluation is to impact landlords

The Government’s latest business rates consultation (Fundamental review) proposes reforms that will effectively lock property owners out of the appeals process for their tenanted properties meaning ratepayers could face triple business rates. Strategic property consultancy Cluttons have looked at what the Fundamental Review proposals that have been put forward are and how this will affect property... View Article

Supreme court rejects challenge to UC ‘two-child limit’

Fears over rising rent arrears and increased eviction levels have followed the country’s highest court rejecting a challenge to the Government’s “two-child limit” for welfare payments. Dating from April 2017, the rule restricts child tax credit and Universal Credit to... View Article

Half a million more of us are renting

The latest research by nationwide buy-to-let specialist, Sequre Property Investment, has revealed the areas which have seen the biggest swings toward renting when compared to homeownership in recent years. Sequre analysed data on dwellings across each area of England since... View Article