Sales of homes by local councils under the Right to Buy scheme fell by 23% in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2018, according to the latest statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Gov.UK.

Annual statistics published by the government agency Homes England boast the highest number of housing starts and completions in the 12 months to the end of March in the past four years. Affordable homes accounted for 71% of completions and 67% of housing starts. Gov.UK.

With plans to build 50,000 affordable rent and social housing homes in the metropolitan area by 2037, Greater Manchester is in danger of missing out on government backing.  Its bid for some £68 million of public funding has been dismissed in a decision the authorities in the north west see as favouring London and the South of England. Inside Housing.

When you own or invest in a new building, do you appreciate the added value that sustainable construction techniques may offer? According to a recent survey by sustainability experts Ramboll, 41% of investors fail to appreciate the additional rental yields commanded by more sustainable buildings. Ace.

Small suppliers are likely to benefit from new measures announced by the government to penalise those large construction firms who are persistently late in paying their bills. The Small Business Commissioner may be given powers to require the disclosure of payment practices and impose fines on recalcitrant payers. Gov.UK.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to investigate the failure by the arms-length management (ALMO) for East Kent Housing to conduct the required annual gas safety checks in 544 homes of the 17,000 or so dwellings it manages on behalf of Canterbury, Dover, Thanet and Folkestone & Hythe councils. Inside Housing.

A Fringe event of the Housing 2019 conference (25th to 27th June) of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is to host speakers on topics such as homelessness, the politics of social housing, tenant involvement in tower block safety measures, and mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. CIH.

Want the chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher? To enter the free draw, complete a brief questionnaire about the annual Homes UK exhibition in November, telling them what housebuilding issues and talking points you’d like to see them cover. Homes UK.

In the face of challenging market conditions, housebuilders the Berkeley Group have experienced a 21% decline in annual profits but nevertheless continues to describe its overall performance as “solid”, on the back of “resilient trading”. Property Reporter.

Having signed a £250 million services agreement for the development of the Landings redevelopment site in MP Theresa May’s constituency of Maidenhead, contractors McAleer & Rushe look set to manage the £100 million residential components of the scheme. Building.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has admitted delaying publication of failed safety checks on high-pressure laminate (HPL) cladding used on high-rise buildings. Only now have test results conducted as long ago as last November been admitted. Inside Housing.

Construction and property services company Willmott Dixon has ruled out plans to expand its operations through company acquisitions, which it sees as a step into the unknown and avoids the process of strategic decision-making involving banks, shareholders and insurers. Building.

Cost savings are likely to be given a higher priority than quality housebuilding in procurement decisions taken by social landlords – despite nearly 4 out of ten providers saying that quality is an important consideration, almost 50% of providers reported that cost is the primary factor. Fusion 21.

Following the collapse of the Shaylor Group, construction contractors MCS have offered financial assistance with tuition costs for the failed company’s formerly employed students still hoping to graduate from their degree courses in building and construction. Wolverhampton Express & Star.

Help may also be at hand for Shaylor Group construction workers who have lost their jobs – the country’s biggest contractor, Balfour Beatty, is actively looking to offer recruitment opportunities to the redundant staff. Building.