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Construction policy and government news

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Watch: Developers urge politicians to ‘get on with Crossrail 2’ Video

Four major developers have urged politicians to “get on with Crossrail 2” to aid development in the capital.

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Housing starts up by a third in Q1

Housing starts increased by 31 per cent in the first quarter of 2015 as completions hit their highest level for nearly six years.

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Healthcare sector on the up as eight-year slump ends

The healthcare construction market will enjoy a reversal of fortunes in 2015 as years of spending declines come to an end, according to new analysis.

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Boles retains construction brief

Nick Boles has retained his role as construction minister as prime minister David Cameron puts the finishing touches to his new government.

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Paxman slams HS2 as ‘grotesque waste of taxpayers’ money’

High Speed 2 is a “grotesque waste of taxpayers’ money” that will see “great tracts of concrete laid across the countryside”, Jeremy Paxman has said.

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Construction policy and government news

Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock pledge support for #loveLIVES

The mayor of London Boris Johnson and paymaster general Matt Hancock have both backed the #loveLIVES campaign, urging construction firms to pledge their support.

City heavyweight replaces Deighton as infrastructure tsar

Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill has replaced Lord Deighton as government’s commercial adviser to the Treasury, making him the chief overseer of national infrastructure projects.

Construction welcomes Conservative majority but warns on EU vote

The construction sector has welcomed last week’s shock Conservative election victory but there were warnings that a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU is “a very big cloud on the horizon”.

Councils eye more devolution under new communities secretary

The appointment of Greg Clark to replace Eric Pickles as communities secretary could be the catalyst of a new era of regional devolution, councils believe.

Chancellor to set out plans on city devolution deals

The chancellor will today outline his plans for major transfer of power and cash from Whitehall to English cities.

BIM Level 2 'held back' by lack of subcontractor understanding

A lack of understanding from subcontractors is the main factor holding back the development of BIM Level 2, according to a new survey of contractors.

Reshuffle day two: No change for housing as 'Northern powerhouse' gets own minister

Prime minister David Cameron is continuing to set out his ministerial team following the Conservative Party’s victory in last week’s general election.

Labour reveals new shadow cabinet

Acting leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman has revealed the new shadow cabinet, as the party awaits a leadership contest following its dismal performance in the general election.

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