The threshold at which Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is paid will be raised from £145,000 to £250,000 as the Scottish Government steps up efforts to support homebuyers and help the economy recover from the impact of coronavirus.
Homes for Scotland has welcomed the appointment of an interim New Homes Quality Board (NHQB) as the first step towards the creation of a New Homes Ombudsman (NHO) scheme. Chaired by new homes quality champion Natalie Elphicke MP, the NHQB will have responsibility for the quality of new build homes a
The first tentative steps to get the construction sector in Scotland back to work have been widely supported by the industry but also met with calls for much-needed clarity of exactly what a phased return entails.
Homes for Scotland chief executive Nicola Barclay appeared on BBC Scotland’s The Nine this week to outline why she thinks the home building industry is uniquely placed to begin a safe, phased return to work and complete the 6,000 homes currently awaiting finishing touches.
A phased return to work would enable Scotland’s housebuilders to put the finishing touches to around 6,000 largely completed homes worth in excess of £1 billion to the economy, according to Homes for Scotland (HFS). With the industry having carefully considered and addressed all issues r
Housebuilders will be able to apply for short-term loans of up to £1 million from the Scottish Government to support them through the coronavirus outbreak. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with liquidity issues due to the temporary closure of the housebuilding sector will be able to a
Glasgow-based communications agency Perceptive Communicators has launched support to help its construction industry clients and contacts communicate more effectively during the COVID-19 crisis. The consultancy, which specialises in the construction sector, has established a group on LinkedIn and is
Following news that the economic impact of efforts to tackle coronavirus could see Scotland’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fall by around a third, industry body Homes for Scotland has said it is working on a recovery plan to kick-start the home building sector as soon as possible. The latest S
Scotland’s home building industry has welcomed comments from finance secretary Kate Forbes on which sectors she anticipates being first back to work once the lockdown is ended. Talking to the BBC earlier this week, Ms Forbes referenced construction and manufacturing need, saying that “..
Efforts are under way to help prevent further disruption to the buying and selling of homes across Scotland after Registers of Scotland (RoS) temporarily closed the application record and the UK Government advised home buyers and renters to delay moving unless the new property is empty.
Political leadership, adequate resourcing and delivery of supporting infrastructure are all essential if Scotland is to have the volume and range of quality homes it requires to meet the diverse needs of its population in 20 years’ time, according to Homes for Scotland (HFS). The appeal came i
With 2020 marking the 20th anniversary of trade body Homes for Scotland, chief executive Nicola Barclay considers the changes that have (or more significantly haven’t) taken place on what is her own 4th year anniversary in the job. 2020 is set to be a year to remember for the Scottish home bui
Significant variations in housing starts and completions exist across regions and tenures in Scotland while major applications are still taking more than twice as long as the statutory timeframe, according to new analysis. In its detailed scrutiny of official quarterly statistics, industry body Home