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Construction policy and government news

Hilary Benn shadow communities secretary

Labour's housing policies 'most comprehensive for a decade' – Hilary Benn

Labour’s shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn has described his party’s manifesto commitments on housing as the “most comprehensive housing plan for a generation”.

Conservative Party launches manifesto

Extended Right to Buy centrepiece of Tory manifesto

The Conservative Party has pledged to extend the Right to Buy to all housing association tenants and create a £1bn brownfield fund for new housing, if it wins the general election.

Ed Miliband Penine Stone politics apprentice Labour skills training

Labour in pre-election apprenticeship pledge

Every firm winning a major contract from the government will be required to offer apprenticeships if Labour wins the general election.

John Morgan chief executive Morgan Sindall Feb 2013 1

Construction leaders warn of 'threat' of Labour election victory

Leaders at Morgan Sindall, Wates and JCB are among the business figures to have warned against a Labour election victory in a letter to the Daily Telegraph today.

Canary Wharf with Wood Wharf in foreground June 11

Canary Wharf receives 'crucial' £200m government loan for new development

Work on a major housing development in London’s Docklands can now get under way after developer Canary Wharf Group received a £200m loan from the government.

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Construction policy and government news

Highways England lays out £11bn investment roadmap

Highways England has released details of how it will deliver more than £11bn of improvements to England’s roads over the next five years.

Government scraps Code for Sustainable Homes

The government has officially put an end to the Code for Sustainable Homes, in the long-awaited conclusion to the Housing Standards Review.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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