Building

Homeowners are being urged to be on their guard from rogue traders looking to cash in on the government’s Green Deal scheme.

Homeowners cancel repair jobs due to lack of trustworthy builders

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Survey finds over 20% of homeowners are shelving or delaying plans for work on their homes because they cannot find trustworthy builders. Homeowners are not undertaking repair and maintenance work because they find it too difficult to find builders they can trust, a survey has found. The survey of over 1,500 homeowners for consumer group HomeOwners Alliance and quality certification body TrustMark found 58% of homeowners reported difficulty finding a trustworthy builder. Among those that [...]

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We are Building Britain - News stories - GOV.UK

We are Building Britain – News stories – GOV.UK

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Builders across the UK celebrate the jobs and growth construction work is bringing claiming we are Building Britain. From bridges to flood defences, firms sent dozens of pictures of the schemes bringing huge benefits to the economy, with signs declaring “We are #BuildingBritain”. The photos, featuring numerous hard hats and high viz jackets, were added to a dedicated blog page highlighting the great work taking place. Infrastructure company Kier took dozens of photos of its [...]

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A scaffolder defrauded his bosses out of at least £30,000 has been jailed for 15 months for a “persistent” and “mean” fraud.

Scaffolder Gary Foley and wife defrauded bosses of Gloucestershire business

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A scaffolder who defrauded his bosses out of at least £30,000 has been jailed for 15 months for a “persistent” and “mean” fraud. Gary Foley, 49, of Dormer Road, Cheltenham and his wife Lorraine, 46, both denied fraud and making up false invoices to cover the money they took between April 2011 and August 2012. But they were found guilty at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday. There was weeping in the public gallery as the [...]

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‘Not my fault so why should I have to pay?’ Net Contribution Clauses.

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Sarah E Philips, solicitor with Thomas Eggar LLP, mulls the virtues of net contribution clauses. In the recent case of West & West v Ian Finlay & Associates [2013] EWHC 868 (TCC) the judge considered the validity of a net contribution clause in the professional appointment of Finlay & Associates (F&A). This related to building works that Mr and Mrs West had carried out on their home. Net contribution clauses aim to ensure that [...]

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Small builders raise alarm over materials price spike

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder   Small builders raise alarm over materials price spike. Small and medium-sized contractors fear the construction recovery is under threat from rising building costs and material shortages. The Federation of Master Builders latest trade survey showed rising workloads for the fourth successive quarter. But costs are spiking and materials shortages are hitting member firms. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Rising building costs and material shortages are causing serious concern in the building industry with [...]

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Union calls for action as Crossrail safety fears rise

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Crossrail safety rate is running at more than four times that seen on the Olympic Park project, and there are allegations that workers are scared to report their concerns. Crossrail’s accident rate is running at more than four times that seen on the Olympic Park project, and there are allegations that workers are scared to report their concerns. Ucatt says that a leaked safety report reveals “a culture of spying and fear” and that [...]

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