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Waste not want not: Sweden pushes VAT breaks for repairs

The Guardian reports that Swedish government is to tackle ‘throwaway culture’ by cutting VAT on fixing everything from bicycles to washing machines, with Swedes possibly also going to be able to claim back from income tax half of the labour … Continue reading

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Last chance for 2017 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards: Closing 1 October

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is one of Europe’s most prestigious prize in the heritage field, and the closing date for 2017 is  fast approaching, as 1 October 2016. Europa Nostra writes: Every year, … Continue reading

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HLF and RCAHMW: Commissioner and committee skills sought, closing 3 and 12 Oct

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has vacancies for committee members in London, Yorkshire and the Humber, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, and for committee chairs in the North East, and Yorkshire and the Humber, with application closing on 3 October, while … Continue reading

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Edinburgh University McEwan Hall Gates: Graduate outcry halts sale

A public outcry by former students and heritage campaigners has prompted the return of landmark gates to the University of Edinburgh. The carved sandstone and wrought iron gates stood next to the university’s graduation venue, the McEwan Hall, but were … Continue reading

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Diversity in heritage valuing, as sun sets at Rhyl Sun Centre site with demolition work starting

The sun is finally setting on Rhyl’s Sun Centre – described as the town’s ‘biggest ever success’ with demolition workers moving onto the site and starting to tear down the beloved water park, as the resort’s seafront begins its latest … Continue reading

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IHBC South Branch conference and AGM: ‘Forms, Surveys and Reports…’ – Newbury, 7 Oct.

The IHBC’s South Branch conference and AGM will take place on 7 October in Shaw House in Newbury – ‘one of the best preserved Elizabethan mansions in England – and as numbers are limited and the conference is open to … Continue reading

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WG introduce Land Transaction Tax: 1st Wales’ own in 800 years

The Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill is to be introduced in the latest legislative programme of the Welsh Government (WG), and its first Welsh tax in almost 800 years. The Welsh Government writes: A new … Continue reading

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1 in 10 home owners not happy with their builder’s work: So use the FMB’s ‘Keep away from the Cowboys’ checklist

One in ten home building projects fail to please home owners, leaving a trail of unhappy customers, according to new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), as it says that owners can get the best value by using … Continue reading

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Poll finds Londoners support restrictions on tall buildings

A new survey has found the majority of Londoners living in inner London boroughs want to see restrictions in place for new tall buildings, as a poll of 500 London residents has found many people living in inner London boroughs … Continue reading

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Where are the Global Cities of Opportunity? PWC US says London ranks highly

London is outranking other global cities globally for liveability, economic clout and opportunity, according to a new study by PWC US PWC United States writes: U.S. cities are demonstrating strength in leading economic and social indicators, but are also revealing … Continue reading

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Countries of Culture inquiry discusses funding for culture and arts

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee debated funding for arts, culture and the creative sector at its meeting on 5 September, with representation from the British Arts Festival Association, The Creative Industries Federation and Cultural and Leisure Officers Association. The … Continue reading

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DAERA, NI, announces phase 3 of rural capital micro grants scheme: for ‘rural community and voluntary groups’

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland (NI) has announced that its new phase of the Rural Micro Capital Grants Scheme will provide an additional £450,000, with communities able to use funds for essential repairs … Continue reading

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Green Belt Statistics in England

The latest green belt statistics for England has been released, concluding there is a decrease of 1,020 hectares (less than 0.1 per cent) between 31 March 2015 and 31 March 2016 and eight local authorities have made changes in their … Continue reading

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Call for Entries- RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence: Entry now free!

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are open for entries, with a closing date of 9 December 2016, and categories that include ‘Excellence in Planning for Built Heritage’ and volunteering, while for the first time entry is free. The RTPI … Continue reading

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IHBC late fee payment reminder: Remember IHBC fees are tax deductible as well as great value, with extra fee support too!

IHBC members are reminded that late fees are now being collected, while failure to pay in the coming weeks will result in removal from our membership listing and loss of benefits and services, including any relevant accreditation, so if you … Continue reading

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IHBC’s Context on ‘re-used railway carriages’ featured in Designing Buildings Wiki

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘This eye-catching feature offers a great profile for some our core concepts – conservation, re-use and low-carbon, sustainable development.  It will remind many mainstream practitioners, especially those less familiar with conservation professionals and practice, just … Continue reading

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