This is an official statistics release on homelessness prevention and relief in England that took place outside the homelessness statutory framework in 2012 to 2013. This is the fifth year for which figures on homelessness prevention and relief have been published by the Department for Communities and Local Government under arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
The latest housebuilding start figures show there were 29,510 new homes started between April and June this year, 6% higher than the previous quarter, and a third higher than the same time last year. Seasonally adjusted private enterprise completions increased by 11%. This increase was seen across the country, with 178 of the 326 councils in England reporting an increase in housebuilding starts over the year.
My room (M22A) will be closed from Monday 19 until Friday 30 August 2013 (inclusive) as I am taking annual leave.
I will be back in the University on Monday 2 September 2013.
A new report from the NHBC, the Home Builders Federation, CITB and the Zero Carbon Hub has found that 50% of all home builders and 80% of housing associations are taking on an apprentice in 2013. It also argues that better links between housebuilders, educational establishments and the construction industry are needed and the sector must promote itself better to attract school leavers and the best apprentices.
The construction industry is facing the most significant change for a decade in the way in which construction products are sold in Europe. The Construction Products Directive 1989 (CPD) was one of the early European Directives designed to create a single market for goods and services. It was introduced to create a common framework for regulations concerning buildings and construction works, and new changes took effect from July 2013. This briefing looks at what has happened.
This report provides an overview of major policies in Australia that are likely to make a measurable reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The paper discusses a carbon-pricing mechanism, renewable energy target, and other existing and emerging policies, as well as the implications of the current policy package for the country’s GHG trajectory.
Described as the first independent review of London’s private rental sector in years, this report shows the sector faces enormous pressures. Rents have risen significantly as demand has grown faster than supply. At the same time complaints about landlords and letting agencies have been on the rise, and nearly half of rented homes fail to meet basic standards of health and safety. The report argues that while we badly need to increase the supply of new homes of all tenures in the capital, we also need to do more to raise the standard of existing homes for rent. Among other recommendations, the report argues that we should strengthen the way the sector is enforced. However, it cautions against imposing new regulations on the sector and new burdens on landlords. These could well have perverse consequences for tenants. Instead it suggests the Government should do more to incentivise landlords to invest in the up-keep of their properties.
A report, commissioned by the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and government advisor Natural England, and carried out by the Economics for The Environment Consultancy and Sheffield Hallam University, has been published. The purpose of this report is to assess whether investment in Green Infrastructure (GI) increases economic growth, based on the available evidence. The study took GI to mean a planned approach to the delivery of nature in the city in order to provide benefits to residents. This includes features such as street trees, gardens, green roofs, community forests, parks, rivers, canals and wetlands. Economic growth is defined as an increase in economic activity as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Specifically the research was interested in whether investment in GI increases GDP compared to what would have happened without the investment.
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Some of the most creative architectural minds from around the world are coming to the Royal Academy from 25 January until 6 April 2014. The aim is to provide a new perspective on architecture. Using structures, textures, scents, lighting and colour they will transform the Main Galleries and ask fundamental questions about the nature of architecture. How do buildings make us feel? How does architecture influence how we live, what power does it have over us? Register online to receive further information and updates.