Corruption could cost construction 10%, report claims

Potential losses to fraud and corruption on UK government construction projects could amount to as much as £60Bn – 10% of planned infrastructure spending – over the next five years, it has been claimed.

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Damaging disputes legacy expected from pandemic

Covid is set to leave a long and damaging legacy of construction disputes, with financial stress and threats of insolvency likely to drive increasingly aggressive behaviour by clients and contractors, a report says.

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Green homes scheme branded a failure by MPs

Further criticism has been piled onto the government’s scrapped Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme which MPs say “underperformed badly” and represented a “terrible waste of money and opportunity”.

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Breedon fined after unsafe blasting operation

Aggregates company Breedon has been fined for safety breaches after a blasting operation at a quarry in north Wales resulted in rocks being propelled beyond the designated danger zone, putting workers at risk.

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Law Commission to review Arbitration Act

A review of the Arbitration Act 1996 is to be conducted by the Law Commission, it was confirmed this week. Recommendations to the Government for reform are expected to be published for consultation next year.

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Carillion audits claim advances against KPMG

A legal claim is understood to be advancing against KPMG over its audits of collapsed construction firm Carillion's accounts after legal papers were filed by the Official Receiver, according to reports.

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Building licences proposal withdrawn

A Private Member’s Bill which sought to introduce legislation for a mandatory licensing system for domestic building companies has failed to progress through Parliament.

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Materials merchant fined after worker crushed

A builders’ merchant has been sentenced to a fine after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a reversing vehicle at one of the firm’s sites in Abergele, near the North Wales coast.

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Sector slams EV charging mandate for developments

Residential developers will be required to install electric vehicle charge points for new homes from next year under plans announced by the Prime Minister this week. The move has sparked criticism from housing developers.

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House builder prosecuted for polluting watercourse

Miller Homes has been fined for a second time over pollution of a watercourse near a development site in Huddlesfield, after a member of the public brought the issue to the attention of the Environment Agency.

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