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03/03/2017 11:04 AM
Petitions to Government – Are they a waste of time?

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The parliamentary petitions system has come under criticism lately when it was revealed that fewer than ten of the thousands of petition appeals launched by the public had led to a change of policy.As at 3 March 2017, more than 28,400 applications were submitted to the Commons petitions committee in the past 19 months. The […]

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02/28/2017 12:43 PM
No Problem With New Home Quality Says HBF Stewart Baseley

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Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of HBF interview on BBC Radio 4 Today – Saturday 11 February True to form the Home Builder’s Federation [HBF] the industry’s PR and lobby group, conducts a perfect whitewash on the facts as their executive chairman Stewart Baseley trots out a well-used, well-rehearsed HBF rhetoric. The two main points the […]

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02/14/2017 11:32 AM
Fitting carbon monoxide alarms in new homes should be mandatory

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Carbon Monoxide Alarms The fitting of carbon monoxide alarms in new homes should be a mandatory requirement of the Building Regulations in England and Wales.  It may come as a surprise to learn that every year over 4,000 people are admitted to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning that could lead to brain damage and strokes – with […]

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02/08/2017 12:02 PM
Sajid Javid’s Housing White Paper – Britain’s Broken Housing Market

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“We were promised a White Paper, but we have been presented with a white flag – feeble beyond belief”.. said John Healey shadow minister of state for housing. Others commented it was a “predictably damp squib” and a “missed opportunity.” Even Redrow said it was “disappointing” with chief executive John Tutte saying the housing white […]

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02/07/2017 08:59 AM
NHBC hand millions in cash-backs to housebuilders

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The NHBC has come into justifiable criticism in the national press recently. The NHBC provides warranties for around 80% of new homes built in any given year. Last year its accounts show it spent £90 million fixing 11,000 defective new homes. What is not listed is the total number of claims the NHBC rejected because […]

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01/27/2017 03:04 PM
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risk In New Homes

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Is your new home killing you? The shocking truth is, any new home built since 2000 that has a gas central heating boiler could be lethal. There is now widespread recognition that systems with concealed twin extended boiler flues, pose a significant risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. I am calling for a mandatory requirement that all new homes must be […]

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01/24/2017 11:57 AM
Housebuilders’ Recommend A Friend Schemes

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We all know about the oft-quoted HBF survey question: “Would you recommend your builder to a friend?” In the 2016 survey results an somewhat unbelievable 85% said they would, but did they? Most of the large house builders have recommend a friend schemes also known as “send a friend.” Normally a leaflet outlining the scheme is […]

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01/13/2017 01:04 PM
Bovis give buyers £3,000 cash incentives to move into unfinished new homes.

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Just when I think there isn’t anything else this industry can shock me with – coverage in the national press has revealed that Bovis Homes offered “bribes” of up to £3,000 to their buyers if they legally completed or moved into unfinished new homes on or before 23rd December 2016. This was done in a […]

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01/10/2017 12:32 PM
Bovis Homes CEO David Ritchie “Resigns”

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Officially at least, David Ritchie, CEO of Bovis Group, Britain’s 6th largest house builder by volume ‘stepped-down’ yesterday with immediate effect after eight years in charge. It took Bovis less than a day to remove Ritchie’s profile from its corporate website. The Evening Standard reported that “doubts over Ritchie’s position are understood to have come […]

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01/07/2017 10:50 AM
NHBC CEO Mike Quinton Quits NHBC

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Quinton Quits!  Mike Quinton resigned yesterday, following four years as Chief Executive of the NHBC. He was appointed to the role in October 2012, taking over from his predecessor Imtiaz Farookhi, who stepped down on 28 February 2012 after 14 years in the role. The NHBC statement said: “From 1st February the current Chairman, Isabel […]

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