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Houses being built

The government has commited £10million to establish a National Construction Products Regulator to oversee the quality of building products.

19 January 2021 | Legislation / Standards
The government is to create a National Construction Products Regulator to oversee the quality of building products. The move follows the Grenfell Tower blaze in London that killed 72 people and...
UKCA mark

This is the new UKCA mark that replaces the CE mark from 1 January 2021.

6 November 2020 | Legislation / Standards
Many stone products are required to be CE marked. It is part of Building Regulations and is the law, even though it is sometimes ignored when it comes to stone. Once the Brexit transition period is...

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced more help for the self-employed and an extension of government-backed business loans.

3 November 2020 | Legislation / Standards
The government has doubled the support it is giving self-employed people during the November lockdown. They will now receive 80% of their pre-Covid profit. It also promises they will not have to...
Job Support Scheme expanded again

State support to be increased for businesses and employees hit by more coronavirus restrictions.

23 October 2020 | Legislation / Standards
The government has made more changes to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) that comes into effect on 1 November, the day after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) ends. In...
Brexit ready

The Brexit transition period ends 1 January 2021. Business Secretary Alok Sharma: "There will be no extension, so you need to act now."

12 October 2020 | Legislation / Standards
An urgent message from Business Secretary Alok Sharma. Businesses face changes from 1 January when the Brexit transition period is over. That's guaranteed, says Business Secretary Alok...
Check Change Go

Join this webinar to make sure you are ready for the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021.

7 October 2020 | Legislation / Standards
At the end of the year the transition period of leaving the EU comes to an end and the UK will no longer be part of the European Single Market or the Customs Union. That will affect just about all...
Planning White Paper

This is the cover of the 84-page White Paper on reforms proposed for the planning system.

5 October 2020 | Legislation / Standards
Stone Federation has engaged planning professional Sam Thistlethwaite of planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore to write its response to the government proposals for planning reform set out...

The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Act aims to help companies survive the coronavirus fall-out. Photo © Andrianocz |

26 June 2020 | Legislation / Standards
The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Act 2020, which received Royal Assent on 25 June, came into force on 26 June. The Act introduces a moratorium to give companies breathing space from...
HMRC update on Covid-19

HMRC says its online application process to claim 80% of the pay of furloughed staff should be live on Monday (20 April).

15 April 2020 | Legislation / Standards
HM Revenue & Customs has said it should be possible for companies to start claiming 80% of pay for furloughed staff from Monday (20 April). It says the first payments should be received by...
BSI offers suite of standards for Covid-19

BSI offers a suite of standards free to help businesses survive Covid-19.

30 March 2020 | Legislation / Standards
BSI, in its role as the UK national standards body, has made a suite of standards freely available to help businesses cope with the coronavirus pandemic.BSI has reviewed the information available to...
HMRC update on Covid-19

HMRC provides guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that will pay up to 80% of employees' salaries and implements a similar scheme for the self employed as CITB suspends its levy and Barbour estimates £25.55billion worth of construction work has been suspended this week.

27 March 2020 | Legislation / Standards
HM Revenue & Customs has today issued guidance on its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and a new, similar scheme now introduced for the self-employed.Both schemes offer to meet 80% of income up...

A better deal for self-employed would give them 80% of average earnings.

24 March 2020 | Legislation / Standards
An amendment to the Cornavirus Bill proposed yesterday (23 March) would give self-employed people 80% of their income. The amendment says the scheme introduced must make provision for payments...
21 March 2020 | Legislation / Standards
The government has announced it will pay up to 80% of the wages for any retained workers who are not actively in work but are still on the payroll during the Coronavirus pandemic.The grants, which...
Brexit and natural stone

Should they stay or should they go?

15 January 2020 | Legislation / Standards
It probably has not escaped your notice that the UK is leaving the European Union on 31 January. A lot of stone companies in the UK employ people from other parts of Europe. Some have already left...
Reverse charge VAT delayed

Reverse charge VAT, which will make contractors responsible for handling VAT and hit the cash flow of subbies, has been put off for a year until October 2020.

6 September 2019 | Legislation / Standards
Once again, the inability of the construction industry to prepare for a change in taxation has seen the implementation delayed.HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has put off the implementation of...