Hugh Russell visited the UK’s largest construction conference, in Birmingham’s NEC, and reports back on some of the big themes that shaped the show.
Debbie Larner writes in today’s ‘Inside Housing’ ebulletin – “Universal Credit is right in principle but problematic in practice unless slowed down… There are now so many concerns about the biggest change to our welfare system in 40 years that it is difficult to understand how David Gauke, the secretary of state for work and pensions, can just press ahead…”
So, I recently went to the TPAS Awards which was an absolute honour and also a complete shock. I didn’t know what the awards were about or what the night was going to entail until I had a phone call from Shelly (Linc Community Engagement Officer). She explained to me that, after a discussion with her team, they were going to nominate me for the Tenant of the Year award. I was shocked to say the least. Also a little bit nervous and excited at the same time. Although suddenly a horror hit me… please tell me I don’t have to make a speech! Once I had been assured I wouldn’t have to do that, I just went with the excitement.
There are numerous barriers facing small companies who wish to build houses. These include lack of access to relevant funding, a lack of workers with sufficient skills, and over-burdensome housing regulations. However, in my experience of discussing the matter with the members of the Federation of Master Builders, the main barrier facing building companies is the planning system. In this blog post, I will state exactly what these barriers are, and then discuss why getting to grips with these barriers is important in the context of the demand for more affordable homes.