Latest news from the Construction Alliance Latest 4 news items from our members, plus the latest Construction Alliance blog Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:33:25 +0100 en-gb The hidden costs of planning: council tax Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Members of the House Builders Association (HBA) – the house building division of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) – have worked closely with Government to deliver policies ensuring better place-making such as neighbourhood planning. However, the actual cost of the planning process remains an impressive obstacle yet to be tackled in a meaningful manner. Whilst preparing our reply to the Government’s Housing White Paper, the HBA would like to draw attention to the hidden costs facing house builders when building the homes that the UK desperately needs. In our first instalment, we will be analysing council tax. CECA: National Infrastructure Commission poised to deliver infrastructure agenda Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Civils contractors today welcomed news that Lord Adonis has been appointed permanent chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) by saying that body is now poised to deliver on an ambitious infrastructure agenda. CECA: NIC for Wales must commit to renewables Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Civils contractors today backed calls for the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales to have targets for supporting renewable energy projects and associated infrastructure. CECA: Apprenticeship Levy must guarantee quality of training provision Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Civils contractors today warned that the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy may fail to meet the needs of the construction industry unless steps are taken to guarantee the quality of training provision in the sector. and from the Construction Alliance Blog: "Don't sideline SMEs on skills" says NFB national chair Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100 In the Autumn Statement 2015, Chancellor George Osborne announced the introduction of an apprenticeship levy on businesses with salary bills in excess of 3 million.