THE SUNDAY TIMES
Smaller construction firms describe the Construction Industry Scheme as one of the most damaging bits of red tape ever. The CIS means that from August firms have had to have an Inland Revenue certificate before billing customers. But IR procedures are causing delays which mean cash flow hold-ups.
Recession-hit Turkish construction firms may benefit from reconstruction work following the country's two recent devastating earthquakes, says an FT country survey. Some £3bn a year is likely to be available for infrastructure projects. But the collapse of so much shoddily built low cost housing had damaged the industry's reputation. Industrial buildings stood up much better.
A so-called green tariff system in the open energy market means domestic customers can guarantee that their house is supplied only with electricity generated from a renewable source. The cost is about £25 a year more than a 'normal' bill.
A scheme to use natural materials like wool for domestic house insulation is being promoted by the Scottish Borders Environment Partnership and the Scottish Borders Council. A woven matting of fireproofed lower grade wool would be installed inside the building structure.
Half of Great Western Railway's drivers still had not had training on the automatic train protection (ATP) system five months after the Southall train disaster, an inquiry heard.