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Pressure on local authorities to deliver housing plans

Raft of new housing measures will include proposals requiring local plans from councils by 2017 or control will pass to central Government

Build UK launches industry action plan

New body set to tackle the image of the construction industry, skills shortages, late payment, the pre-qualification process and improve health and safety

Third of central Government spending to go to SMEs

Cabinet Office announces plans for new target of £1 for every £3 spent to go to small and medium-sized firms by 2020

Government aims to increase apprenticeships with new proposals

New package of measures include apprenticeship levy, changes to Government procurement and new industry standards outlining skills needed across several apprenticeships

Majority of small firms forced to turn work away due to...

FMB survey highlights difficulty in finding apprenticeships and false perceptions of the construction industry are the main barriers to young people entering the industry

FMB says “the stakes couldn’t be higher” as skills shortages continue

Latest State of Trade Survey suggest workloads will continue to increase but without extra staff to support growing activity

Government plans damage affordable housing say local councils

LGA survey finds Section 106 exemptions to small developments is resulting in fewer affordable homes being built