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In the news this week
Billions more for councils to build back better
£53.9bn will be made available to English councils in the new financial year – £3.5bn more than 2021-22.
◆ £1bn will go towards improving social care
◆ £554m will be allocated to the New Homes Bonus
◆ £111m to support council services that deal with homelessness, planning, recycling and refuse collection and leisure services
◆ £85m Rural Service Delivery Grant
◆ £70m uplift to the Revenue Support Grant in line with inflation
New homes to produce nearly a third less carbon
From June 2022, new build homes will have to produce 30% less C02 emissions than current standards, and other new buildings, such as shops and offices, will have to produce 27% less C02.
Gold Standard created to improve public sector construction projects
An analysis of construction frameworks, which considered over 120 written submissions and 50 interviews, has found that current processes produce too much waste, confusion and duplication, as well as focusing heavily on achieving the lowest price, rather than best value.
To tackle these issues, a Gold Standard has been introduced by the Cabinet Office which puts in place 24 recommendations for both developers and public sector buyers.
Support package to protect care sector this winter
A package of new measures will help protect the social care sector from COVID-19, including £300 million to help recruit and reward the workforce.
Biggest ever renewable energy support scheme opens
The fourth round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme which aims to secure 12GW of electricity capacity opens with £285 million a year funding for low-carbon technology.
Birmingham to receive £72 million in government funding for vital transport link
Birmingham will benefit from £72 million in government funding for essential maintenance work on a vital road link between the city centre and the M6, providing a huge boost to the local economy and ensuring the region continues to build back better from the pandemic.
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