UK: Scrap apprenticeship levy to get more people into green building jobs, Lords urge Government

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The report highlights the skills gap as a key issue in delivering enough homes, rapidly enough, and also retrofitting existing buildings

The House of Lords’ Built Environment Committee is warning the UK Government that its approach to housebuilding is out of kilter with national commitments on levelling up and the environment, and that key ambitions won’t be realised without better support for training and education.

The Committee has today (10 January) published the concluding report to its inquiry on meeting housing demand, which closed last September. The report berates Ministers for failing to plan for the delivery of its commitment for 300,000 new homes in the UK annually from 2024; for failing to acknowledge that this target may be too low and for not ensuring that the Government’s approach contributes to long-term commitments on social and environmental sustainability.

“We are facing a national housing crisis, which is only exacerbated by uncertainty and a lack of clear policy direction,” the report states. “The Government needs to take urgent action.”

One issue highlighted with both social and environmental consequences is the fact that the UK has some of the oldest and least energy-efficient homes in Europe. Energy inefficiency in homes can contribute to fuel poverty, contribute to health and wellbeing issues and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.  Read more….

Scrap apprenticeship levy to get more people into green building jobs, Lords urge Government

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