After a wave of resignations from his government, PM Boris Johnson announced his exit from Downing Street. There is less than a month remaining in the contest to become the next UK Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister of the nation. What will this mean for housebuilding in the UK? Housing Association Magazine’s Joe Bradbury investigates:
Former exchequer chancellor Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss are the two contenders in the race to be the next PM of Great Britain. Both are competing for the support of the Conservative Party's 160,000 members. According to polling, Truss is currently the front-runner to win.
TV presenter and architect, George Clarke looks at the lessons we can all learn from the UK’s intrepid self-builders
I love self-build housing. I love self-build housing for a number of very important, but simple reasons.
If someone has the opportunity to self-build their own home, a place they want to live for many years rather than build-to-sell to make a quick profit, then they put their hearts and souls into it.
They care about it so much that they are willing to build something very, very good.
It may even be of a design that is unique and a welcome reaction to the sterile, repetitive blandness often associated with some of the big house builders.
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) are concerned with preventing or limiting the harmful effects of fires, explosions and similar energy-releasing events and corrosion to metals.
DSEAR imposes a requirement to eliminate or reduce risks to safety from fire, explosion or other events arising from the hazardous properties of any dangerous substance used in connection with a work process. The responsible person must carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of risk to employees for dangerous substances that are or may be present on-site.
So, for the first time Prince Charles, the future King of the United Kingdom, gave the Queens Speech, which provides the government with an opportunity to highlight its main priorities for the months ahead.
There is one bill that stood out for me most. The Energy Security Bill. But, there was also a section in the government’s background briefing entitled “Housing Reform”.
Let’s cover this first.
Given that the country is in the thick of the biggest housing crisis and property affordability crisis the governments “housing reform” announcement borders on being pathetic.
By Alastair Stannah, Managing Director, Stannah Lifts Distribution & Service
The digital switchover of telephone lines in the United Kingdom is happening now. By 2025, Openreach will have phased out all copper analogue telephone lines in favour of optical fibre networks. Many building managers may already be aware of the need to change phone lines in the building, but some may not have realised that their lifts will be affected by the Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) switch off.
George Clarke looks at the huge challenge to make existing homes zero-carbon
There are nearly 67 million people living in 25 million dwellings in Britain. In our temperate climate, all these homes need heating and hot water and they also need power to keep the lights on.
That means they need energy and that energy, most of the time, comes from fossil fuels. Things are beginning to change, but UK housing has a massive dependancy on fossil fuels.
Yet we live in a country where over 2.5 million currently live in fuel poverty.
What does the future hold for those in fuel poverty and the rest of Britain when household energy bills are predicted to increase by up to 50% from April?