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Construction vacancies at an all-time high

Construction vacancies at an all-time high

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the number of job vacancies in construction has risen to the highest level since official records began in 2001. As reported by Construction Enquirer, from July to September (one of the busiest...

Gove set to hit pause on controversial housebuilding targets

Gove set to hit pause on controversial housebuilding targets

New Housing Secretary Michael Gove is expected to pause the government’s planning changes and review them before deciding how to proceed, according to the Guardian. The proposed reforms, previously under consultation, would have given councils mandatory housebuilding...

More than 100 first-time buyers use Help to Buy in Warrington

More than 100 first-time buyers use Help to Buy in Warrington

Last year, over 100 first-time buyers bought a home through the Government's Help to Buy equity loan scheme in Warrington, where structural warranty specialist Advantage has its headquarters. Until 31st March, the scheme allowed buyers to borrow up to 20 per cent of...

Property market hit by shortage of homes available to buy

Property market hit by shortage of homes available to buy

In recent months, Advantage has written about the challenges posed by staff and materials shortages within the construction sector. Today we’re looking at how a shortage of houses is beginning to affect the property market. The property market is facing the worst...

Construction responds to ‘code red’ climate change warning

Construction responds to ‘code red’ climate change warning

At the end of a week in which scientists have sounded the alarm over the pace of global warming, representatives of major construction firms are warning that the industry needs to take rapid action to decarbonise. As reported by Construction Update, this week saw the...