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UK cities get Green Deal funding boost

Today, seven cities across England are set to receive a share of the £12 million fund which will kick-start the Green Deal and boost the trades.

Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield are the cities which have put proposals to lower their carbon emissions.

The Green Deal is a Government-backed scheme which offers loans to people to help make their homes more energy efficient.

The money will enable professional builders and trade firms to try certain elements of the scheme including assessment and installation of energy efficient measures.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “These cities have really ambitious plans to lower their emissions, reduce energy use and help people save money on their bills.

“This funding will help them get up and running and I look forward to seeing a number of properties across whole communities get the energy efficient improvements they need.”

Earlier in the year, the Government announced that cities would be given greater freedoms, powers and tools to help them go for growth.

The new funding will test elements of the Green Deal framework and provide early feedback for the scheme’s future implementation.

It is expected to deliver around 2,500 retrofits to households and non-domestic properties across the seven major cities, providing support to local supply chains and registered installers.

Good News for the Trades as the Government Unveils a £9 Billion Investment in Rail Infrastructure

“Growth-boosting railway projects to help for the creation of new electrical, plumbing and engineering jobs”  

The Government has announced a £9.4 billion infrastructure investment package that will deliver sustainable economic growth and pave the way for thousands of new jobs for people in the trades, the Department for Transport revealed today.

The plan includes the electrification of a number of railway schemes including the Midland Main Line between Bedford and Sheffield creating new jobs in the electrical engineering sector.

Other rail improvements contributing for the creation of more employment opportunities for trade professionals including electricians and engineers, have been announced for the Manchester area, south Wales and East Coast Main Line

Prime Minister David Cameron called it the “biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era” with the deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, naming it as “the biggest expansion in railways in over 150 years”.

The £9 billion investment of growth-boosting railway upgrades across England and Wales will mean faster journey, more reliable services and an increased capacity for 140,000 extra daily commutes, Transport Secretary Justine Greening said in a statement.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “From Crossrail, high speed rail and now the billions of pounds of investment we are announcing today, this government is committed to taking the long term decisions to deliver growth and jobs.

“In what is the biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era this investment will mean faster journeys, more seats, better access to stations, greater freight links and a truly world class rail network.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne commented he was pleased with the government’s decision to fund in full the Northern Hub which will help rebalance the UK economy and enable future economic growth throughout the regions.

Mr Osborne said: “This government is making more funds available to invest in rail projects than at any time since the Victorian era, and shows that the government is committed to delivering on its promises to support investment in public infrastructure that will support economic growth.”

As reported on the BBC website some of the newly announced major improvements include:

  • Electrification – completion of the Midland Main Line from Bedford to Sheffield costing £800m, local lines in the Welsh Valleys, costing £600m, and an extension of the already-announced electrification between Manchester and Leeds
  • The Northern Hub – a series of projects around Manchester worth £322m that improve northern rail capacity to get more and faster trains across the north of England
  • Upgrades to the East Coast Main Line from London to Leeds and Newcastle worth £240m to create faster journeys and capacity
  • The reopening of the east-west link from Oxford and Aylesbury to Milton Keynes
  • Electrification of the lines from London to Bristol and Cardiff, and from Manchester to Liverpool, Blackpool and Leeds
  • Upgrades to stations and tracks creating capacity for an additional 140,000 daily rail commutes at peak times, including £350m for lengthening platforms at London’s Waterloo station

 

What’s your reaction to the huge investment in rail infrastructure projects across England and Wales which is expected to boost the economy and create new jobs? Share your thoughts by commenting here or raising your voice on our Facebook and Twitter page.

 

Support for Self-Build Homes Will Help Builders

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has given the green light to a £30 million investment programme which will enable aspiring builders to build their own homes, offering exclusive access to funding and Government-owned land in seven locations across England.

The announcement is an attempt by the government to tackle country’s housing crisis and boost economic growth. The £30 million scheme will offer short-term loans and funding to builders, community groups and other small organisations looking to start self-build projects.

Commenting on the building investment programme, Housing Minister Shapps said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce the first seven sites with plots available exclusively for self-builders, as well as £30 million to offer short-term loans to help communities get their projects off the ground.

“This first-ever package of self-build support will help to achieve our goal to double the size of the industry over the next few years, but I want us to go further still. The new national planning rules require councils to consider the needs of self-builders in their area, and I would urge authorities across the country to look to Cherwell and the innovative work there as an exciting example of how this can be achieved.”

Public sector land for up to 60 homes will be made available in Cornwall – making it the nation’s first-ever large-scale self-build plot.

Mr Shapps praised the work of councils across the country that are looking to give as many local people as possible the opportunity to build their own homes – including on dedicated sites.

The Planning Minister also confirmed the rest of the sites which will be made available for builders to bid. They are:

  • Kingsweir and Torpoint, Bristol
  • Spencers Park, Hemel Hempstead
  • Pleasley Colliery, Bolsover
  • Upper Tuesley Milford, Surrey
  • Wilson Road, Hanford, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Chase Avenue, Walton Park, Milton Keynes

What is your reaction on the £30 million investment programme which will enable builders to build their own building projects? Share your thoughts by commenting here or raising your voice on our Facebook page:

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Jamie Haskins talks about electrical training with T4TS Part 2

Jamie Haskins  is training to become an electrician with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Jamie to find out how his electrical course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Jamie via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills 

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Jamie Haskins talks about electrical training with T4TS Part 1

Jamie Haskins  is training to become an electrician with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Jamie to find out how his electrical course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Jamie via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills 

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Stephen Haskins talks about electrical training with T4TS Part 2

Stephen Haskins  is training to become an electrician with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Stephen to find out how his electrical course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Stephen via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Stephen Haskins talks about electrical training with T4TS Part 1

Stephen Haskins  is training to become an electrician with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Stephen to find out how his electrical course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Stephen via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills 
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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Adam Hiles talks about electrical training with T4TS, Part 2

Adam Hiles  is training to become an electrician with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Adam to find out how his electrical course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Adam via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills   
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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Adam Hiles talks about electrical training with T4TS

Adam Hiles  is training to become an electrician with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Adam to find out how his electrical course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Adam via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills   


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£5 Million Investment to Boost Bristol’s Building Industry

Homebuilders and property developers will benefit from a new £5 million investment for Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone which will bring thousands of new jobs in the area, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) revealed today.

Bristol City Council will invest £3.8 million to buy Brunel’s Old Station building and bring the property to public ownership whilst detailed plans for reconstruction and building work are taking place.

The HCA said part of the building could be used for the rail industry to improve services between Bristol and London, with the remaining space used to build conference facilities to support the growth of creative industries within the Enterprise.

Network Rail Western’s route Managing Director, Patrick Hallgate, welcomed the move by the HCA and Bristol City Council to improve railway facilities in Bristol and deal with the continually increasing demand.

Mr Hallgate said: “We need to grow the railway to cater for this boom and there is potential to do so by redeveloping the land, buildings and railway in the Bristol area. A shared vision and firm support from key players such as HCA and the council will be instrumental in helping us shape a successful rail strategy that also fits in with the enterprise zone’s vision for the future of Bristol.”

With the remaining £1.2 million, HCA announced it will support the relocation of Pest Control Depot and its existing facilities to a new purpose build depot elsewhere in the city. It has been forecasted that both projects will create 17,000 jobs over the next 25 years and deliver sustainable economic growth within the area.

HCA Head of Area, David Warburton, said this vital investment will create great opportunities for a number of organisations, provide improved workplace for thousands of individuals and improve public facilities.

Mr Warburton said: “It’s vital that Brunel’s Old Station is used to its full potential, whether that be to support Network Rail Western’s plans for improved transport links, or provide improved workspace and facilities for companies who want to be based here. Working with the City Council to acquire the building will allow us to do that.”

What is your reaction to the investment by HCA to improve facilities in Bristol and encourage economic growth? If you live locally, how are you going to benefit from this investment?  Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below: 

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Craig Hodge talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Craig Hodge is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Craig to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Craig from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills   

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Colin Pearse talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Colin Pearse is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Colin to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to Colin’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills   
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