Katy Christiansen: Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in July 2020

At the end of May 2020, the Government confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Support Scheme (CJRS), known as furloughing, would be extended to the end of October 2020, with a Phase 2 of the scheme, allowing for more flexibility in workers furloughed but with employers beginning to contribute to the wage bill of those on furlough, beginning on 01 July, 2020.

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Peffermill sports village rejected amid green belt concerns

Plans by the University of Edinburgh to build a new sports village on existing facilities at its Peffermill Playing Fields have been refused.

Published 25 September 2020

HSE to begin month-long dust safety inspection programme

Health and safety inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch during a month-long inspection initiative.

Published 25 September 2020

Halliday Fraser Munro launches virtual studio for students

Halliday Fraser Munro (HFM) has set up a virtual studio for students as it targets the next generation of architectural, planning and construction professionals.

Published 25 September 2020

Scottish Government sets out £24bn infrastructure investment plan

The Scottish Government has published a five-year infrastructure investment plan which it said will support tens of thousands of jobs and help stimulate a green economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 25 September 2020

First Home Fund expected to support 8,000 households following pilot success

The Scottish Government has recognised the early success of its First Home Fund with a pledge to reopen the scheme for applications in the new year.

Published 25 September 2020

Chris Thompson, AAB: Scottish Government support for SME housebuilders

The Scottish Government has launched a £100 million Emergency Loan Fund for Scottish SME housebuilders with liquidity issues due to the temporary closure of the housebuilding sector. The fund’s aim is to safeguard jobs and protect suppliers, ensure a continued supply of homes, support post-COVID-19 economic recovery and retain diversity within the housebuilding sector.

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UK Chancellor's Winter Economy Plan 'does not go far enough', says finance secretary

Scotland's finance secretary Kate Forbes has said that the chancellor's Winter Economy Plan announced yesterday does not go far enough to protect jobs.

Published 25 September 2020

Scottish Home Awards 2020 goes virtual

A national awards celebration for housing in Scotland will be hosted as a virtual event this year as plans are now being finalised for a broadcast quality, live digital experience which celebrates the best in new build housing.

Published 25 September 2020

CALA maintains presence in Cults with latest planning approval

CALA Homes (North) has been given the go-ahead to create a new development in Cults.

Published 25 September 2020

Aberdeen working to minimise pandemic's impact on deadlines and costs to city building projects

Officers are working with contractors to mitigate the financial implications and timescale delays incurred on Aberdeen City Council's capital investment projects, councillors heard this week.

Published 25 September 2020

Flat owner fails to establish statutory repair duty for downstairs neighbours

The proprietor of a flat in Edinburgh who sought to establish that their neighbour had a statutory obligation to pay for half the cost of repairs to the external render of the common wall of their building has had their application rejected by the Sheriff Court. 

Published 24 September 2020

WasteSwitch launches Recycling Compliance Card after industry consultations

WasteSwitch Learning, the training division of WasteSwitch Ltd, Scotland’s experts in environmental compliance, legislation and operations, has developed and produced a range of training resources from short awareness modules to recognised fully accredited qualifications and certificates, following consultations with several industry bodies and employers.

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