Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to unveil a £2 billion grant scheme on Wednesday 8 July for energy-saving home improvements.
Industry reacts to the launch of the Green Homes Grant and the Construction Talent Retention Scheme.
The government has moved to secure vital talent needed to build the UK's recovery from COVID-19 by launching a scheme to protect jobs in the construction sector.
New construction figures show record decreases of more than 40% in new housing work and almost 30% in commercial work over the three months to May.
The construction union Unite is stating that it will not support the latest version of the Construction Leadership Council’s site operating procedures (SOP) – Version 5, unless major safety failings and potentially illegalities are addressed.
Whilst cautiously welcoming the launch of the government’s Green Homes Grant, the Insulation Manufacturers Association says the scheme “needs to be part of a much-bigger and longer-term strategy to improve our underperforming housing stock and meet our net-zero targets”.
Confirmation of the Green Homes Grant came just days after the BBA and an influential lobby that comprised a number of UK energy efficiency organisations called on the government to include a ‘major’ green stimulus within its economic recovery package.
The new service helps contractors to source essential fasteners in light of shortages elsewhere.
Building upon the Contractual Best Practice Guidance, which was published by the group in May 2020, the new guidance includes options for amending many of the JCT and NEC contracts to cater for impacts of the pandemic on delivery of the works/services.