CITB safety test cheats caught in police raids

Police raid CITB training centres

Three safety test workers have been arrested after being caught giving answers to candidates for cash. According to reports, the cheating was exposed by counter-fraud raids on test centres in Cheshire, Essex and London by the CITB, police and the Home Office. CITB audits found that staff was giving correct answers in exchange for money. A member of staff at the Cheshire...

Consumer demand for new homes falls by 8%, says FMB

Scaffold firm refuses to take down job over pay dispute

Consumer demand for new homes has fallen by 8% over the last year to its lowest level since 2013. The news comes after the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) published its results of its House Builders’ Survey, - the only annual assessment of small and medium (SME) house builders in England. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Small house...

Worlds biggest crane starts work at Hinkley Point

Worlds biggest crane starts work at Hinkley Point

'Big Carl' The world biggest crane has been shipped over from Belgium to help build the new power station. Construction work at Hinkley Point in Somerset is now well underway, with thousands of workers building a new EDF power station at the site. But amongst the people, vehicles and machines at the site, one structure is dominating the Somerset skyline. The worlds...

Common Sense Prevails As Reverse Charge VAT delayed till 2020

Reverse Charge VAT delayed until 2020

The Government’s decision to delay by one year the implementation of potentially damaging VAT changes for construction companies is a victory for common sense, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Reverse charge VAT was due to come into force from 1st October 2019 but the Government today announced its decision to delay implementation until 1st October...

Construction Industry Charity Publishes Annual Impact Report

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The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Club has just published its third annual impact report. The report communicates to the industry, supporters and stakeholders, the impact that the charity is making and how it is helping to make a difference to the lives of our construction workforce and their families.   The total spent on...

UK construction activity moves out of the capital

scaffolding jobs photograph

The value of all construction contract awards in June 2019 was £5.2 billion based on a three-month rolling average, which is an increase of 5.5% on May. Regional analysis shows that the North West was the leading region for contract awards in June with a 36.6% value share. The latest edition of the Economic...

Protecting a Construction Site From the Increasing Number of Thefts

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The Construction Index reports that more than half of builders in the UK have been victims of theft, with more than 50% having had their vans damaged and tools stolen. In an interview, FMB chief executive Brian Berry stated that tools were being stolen from vans and directly from construction sites. “Some...

Level playing field needed for SMEs, says FMB

Late payments

Following the publication of the Government's consultation response to the 'Creating a responsible payment culture' call for evidence, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) calls on the public sector to lead by example in order to tackle the scourge of late payments. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “The Government’s acceptance there...

Kier top the contractors league table for May with highest value of projects awarded

Kier is at the top of the contractors’ league table for May 2019, thanks to 12 contracts awarded with a total value of £397 million. Construction of the new HM Prison Wellingborough contributed £253 million, while the Paisley Town Hall regeneration also contributed £22million to the total amount. In joint second place were Hill Partnerships and...

The True Cost of DIY

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Having a go at home improvements may be more costly than we think, according to a recent study by construction supplier Burton Roofing. By analysing monthly housing data from the Office of National Statistics and talking to 1,000 UK homeowners, the investigation found that the average UK household will spend £1,150.24 every year on...