Energy levy reform needed to tackle cost of living crisis

The ECA is calling on the Government and industry to reform and rebalance the energy levy framework, to tackle the energy price crisis. To avoid the looming cost of living emergency, subsidies for fossil fuel energy must be abolished and taxes on electricity reduced. ECA’s Energy and Emerging Technologies Solutions Advisor Luke Osborne said in a […]

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New survey reveals that SME profits are up, but skills and materials troubles persist

The latest quarterly Building Engineering Business Survey has revealed that while SME turnovers continue to recover from the pandemic, finding the right people and materials to cope with mounting orders is a growing cause for concern. Under half (44%) of respondents reported a rise in turnover in Q3 2021 compared with Q2 2021, while nearly […]

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Two thirds of local authorities have no plans to install EV chargers

A freedom of information request (FoI) by the ECA has revealed that almost two thirds (66%) of local authorities do not have any plans to roll out electric vehicle charge points (EVCPs). With government plans to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2035, the lack of charging infrastructure could prove a significant […]

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Budget 2021 – What installers need to know

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has delivered his 2021 Budget speech. The Budget 2021 and Spending Review covered several issues of particular interest to the plumbing and heating industry, including: £24bn earmarked for “a multi-year housing settlement.” £11.5bn of the funding will aim to build 180,000 new affordable homes, with brown field sites targeted […]

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Government planning £5,000 grants per household to move to low-carbon heating systems

The government has launched its Heat and Buildings Strategy, which plans to drive down the cost of clean heat. The document looks to ensure that low carbon, more efficient, heating systems such as heat pumps will be no more expensive – and in many cases may end up cheaper – to buy and run than […]

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