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120,000 too few homes built in 2014

Analysis of new figures published this morning by the National Housing Federation show that just 118,760 homes were built in England in 2014, more than a 120,000 shortfall on the 245,000 experts predict is needed every year to keep pace with new households forming. Since the last census...
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Chancellor sets out plans for over 400,000 London homes

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has set out plans to help London meet its need for over 400,000 homes on a visit to Aura development by Weston Homes in Edgware, with the Mayor of London. A package of housing investments announced today for London included the establishment...
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Mayor should open the door to small builders

More homes must be built in London and greater diversity in the construction market could give the industry a much needed boost to meet the growing needs of the capital. The London Assembly Housing Committee has written to the Mayor urging him to use public sector land to...
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Affordable Homes Programme to transform the way we build

The government’s Affordable Homes Programme will change the way homes are built in Britain, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis have said. The ministers announced the successful bids for almost 62,000 homes under the first phase of the £23 billion programme, which...
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Skills shortage concerns reach highest level since 2008

Skills shortage concerns in the construction industry now stand at their highest level since 2008 according to the latest RICS UK Construction Market Survey (Q2 2014). UK 54% of respondents now say there are insufficient numbers of quantity surveyors currently available to meet workloads (up from 41% in...
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Millions up for grabs to build affordable homes

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has confirmed that 15 councils will be able to borrow £60 million additional funds over the next 2 years to build over 1,000 homes in their area. But he also launched a second round of bidding to ensure councils make full use of this opportunity...
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Government expanding support to beat homelessness

Government departments have united to expand support for vulnerable people, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins and Communities Minister Stephen Williams said today (10 June 2014). Over £65 million of funding from across Whitehall is being offered to councils and other organisations to tackle homelessness around the country.
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