The Polls

Jun 2, 2017 News

  Senior Consultant Diana Varley looks in more detail at the polling during this General Election campaign.   Until Theresa May called the General Election, the polls were relatively consistent. Last month the Conservative Party were miles ahead and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party were struggling to keep up. UKIP were just behind the Liberal Democrats,

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Top seven things to look out for in the final week of the election

May 26, 2017 News

Campaigning is well underway again after the shocking terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The decision that was (rightly) made to suspend campaigning gave the nation time to grieve over a terrible act which specifically targeted young women and girls celebrating the many freedoms offered to them in the West. It is

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Update – May 2017

May 22, 2017 News

  General Election Update   We are now only two weeks away from polling day and the formation of a new Government. The polls, commentators and just about everyone else (barring John McDonnell) think Theresa May and her ‘team’ will end up with a ‘Thatcher style majority’. Indeed, recent polling by YouGov demonstrates that there

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Local Plan Round-up – May 2017

May 22, 2017 News

Central Bedfordshire Council The council has announced a slight delay in progressing the local plan: instead of the draft going before the executive on June 6, it will now happen on June 20. The reason for the delay is the General Election. The council expects the Plan to be published for its Regulation 18 consultation

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Housing in the Conservative Manifesto

May 18, 2017 News

The Conservative Party launched their manifesto this morning. In the two years since the last election, housing (and planning) level of importance has plummeted with no mention in the five key priorities of the next Tory administration and little mention until the last gasp in the Tory manifesto.   The headline pledge from the last

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DCLG Select Committee discusses the Housing White Paper

Apr 21, 2017 News

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee met this week (April 19) to discuss the Housing White Paper and question the Government’s position on certain key elements of it. Broadly, the Government is keen to fulfil its policy of building one million new homes by 2020, encouraging local authorities to hit their housing targets to

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What now for housing and construction

Apr 21, 2017 News

When Prime Minister Theresa May surprised the nation by calling a snap election earlier this week, everyone was left wondering, what’s does this mean for me? For the construction industry generally, it’s good news and bad news. Sterling’s value shot up instantly as The City anticipated a stronger Tory win which could pave the way

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