Housing Focus

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    Local elections: could Labour force a shift in housing and planning policy?


    The party’s push to the left could change housing and planning policy – but are the plans as radical as they sound?

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    Into the unknown: a housebuilding journey


    Every great housebuilding era in the last 175 years has featured in our pages. Here, Joey Gardiner asks if the next 25 years will witness a radical rethink in order to hit the ambitious goal of 300,000 homes a year

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    Oxford v Cambridge: do you fancy Oxford's chances?


    Oxford has great hopes for its rowing crew’s performance in this weekend’s Boat Race – but are Oxfordshire local authorities equally primed to deliver on a mammoth £215m housing deal from central government?

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    Analysis: the rise of the mid-rise


    Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into fire safety – prompted by the Grenfell disaster – will have consequences for every aspect of how we build homes. Many of the potential changes will favour the medium-sized building

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    Analysis: Housing benefits


    Help to Buy is the government’s big leg-up to help housebuilders increase output. So news of ‘obscene’ executive pay along with scandals over leaseholds and defects are not going down well

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    Contractors' Salary Survey 2017: Taking a rain check


    Construction salaries are growing faster than most sectors as employers struggle to fill skills gaps, but worries over job security mean people are wary of making a move

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    Housebuilders' Salary Survey 2017: On the up and up


    With fears of a housebuilding downturn in abeyance, skills shortages are helping drive up salaries, especially outside London

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    Safety in numbers


    The Definitive Guideline to health and safety sentencing was brought into force last year, signalling larger and more discretionary fines. What is its impact so far on SMEs in particular and what does it signal for safety in the sector?

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    PFI: In the balance


    With the risk of taking on work rising and the pipeline of promised projects yet to materialise, is the fate of PFI as a funding mechanism up in the air?

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    Carillion: A cautionary tale


    The UK’s second-biggest contractor has posted some pretty alarming figures recently, from its £695m debt to its £845m writedown. But how did it get into this state, how can it get out again, and what does it mean for the wider industry?