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Construction policy and government news

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Local roads network will need £12bn investment

One in six roads in England and Wales are in poor condition and a £12bn investment is needed to get the network back up to scratch, according to an annual survey of Britain’s roads.

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NDA ups spend with SMEs to 20% of budget

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority spent more than one fifth of its supply chain budget with SMEs in 2013/14.

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HS2 is 'nine times' the cost of French high-speed rail

The government has yet to make a convincing argument for spending tens of billions on High Speed 2, according to the House of Lords economic affairs select committee.

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Skills commitment to be mandated on major infrastructure projects

Bidders for major infrastructure projects will have to prove their commitment to developing skills to win work, the government has announced.

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Planning CPOs rise by over 60% in 2014

The use of compulsory purchase orders by local authorities rose by more than 60 per cent in 2014.

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Construction policy and government news

‘There is real risk in remaining domestic’ – UKTI chief executive

Medium-sized construction firms should export internationally to build stronger domestic businesses, UK Trade and Investment chief executive Dominic Jermey has told Construction News.

In full: Chancellor's 2015 Budget speech

Mr Deputy Speaker, today, I report on a Britain that is growing, creating jobs and paying its way.

Chancellor unveils Help to Buy ISA for first time buyers

The chancellor has announced a new Help to Buy ISA for first time buyers struggling to save a deposit on a new home.

As it happened: Budget 2015 - regional, transport and energy investment

Latest news and reaction to today’s Budget 2015 announcement.

Government announces new degree apprenticeships in surveying and engineering Video

The prime minister David Cameron has announced plans for nine new industry designed degree apprenticeships, including in chartered surveying and engineering.

Updated London Plan confirms an extra 10,000 homes

Boris Johnson has ramped up London’s housebuilding target by 10,000 homes and has confirmed plans to build 42,000 homes a year.

Apprenticeships Commission calls for vocational subjects and better careers advice

A cross-party Commission on Apprenticeships has recommended that all pupils should be offered a vocational subject at school to increase the number taking apprenticeships.

Sustainability could be 'dragged down by weak political leadership'

Weak political leadership has damaged green energy and sustainable building projects, a panel of experts has warned.

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