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The Renewable Heat Incentive will be open to applications from Monday

DECC has announced that the Renewable Heat Incentive will be open to applications from businesses and communities from Monday 28 November.

Solar contract cut short

Housing group Peabody is to cut its multi-million pound solar panel installation contract with Breyer after the government's decision to slash Feed-in Tariffs on solar installations made after 12 December.

£16k cut in court fine for plumber

A plumber boss who was convicted after putting residents' lives at risk by allowing his fitters to do unregistered gas work has won a major cut in his court bill.

Government announces £200m Green Deal boost

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced £200 million of extra funding for the Green Deal.

The industry gears up for PHEX Chelsea

This week thousands of installers will attend the highly-anticipated PHEX Chelsea exhibition. Follow us live at the show via Twitter! #PHEX @HVPmag

Sixteen arrests in £4.3m VAT probe

HMRC officers and police have arrested 16 people during a series of raids following the investigation of a suspected £4.3 million construction VAT fraud.

Helping hand for plumber hit by double theft

Plumber Owen Thomas has received a donation of copper pipes after a metal thief targeted his home twice in one day.

Installers invited to march on Parliament

Solar Trade Association chairman, Howard Johns, has called for the photovoltaic industry to back a march on parliament this week.

New housing boost on the horizon?

Installers may see work from new housing starts if government incentives take effect, with final plans to be revealed today.

Master plumber ruins career with TV

A New York plumber who was stripped of her master plumber's license has admitted that a TV appearance she made two years ago was "a disaster" and "a total embarrassment".

FUN FRIDAY: Cannabis plumber home raided

A plumber has been rumbled by the police and jailed after the discovery of a cannabis farm in his loft.

Free asbestos training

The HSE is urging workers to take up the offer of free online asbestos awareness training courses.

B&T Building Services calls in administrators

B&T Building Services, which was founded in 2004, has been forced to call in administrators.

Animal rights activist target famous plumber

Animal rights group PETA has targeted Nintendo's famous plumber, Mario, for wearing a raccoon costume in the game Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS.

Foreign people 'work harder' than Brits, says Pimlico Plumber

Pimlico Plumbers' founder Charlie Mullins has hit out at British workers who he says would "rather be footballers than do an honest day's work".

Industry body wants action to save planet and raise cash

Energy industry body SBGI is supporting its HHIC division by calling on Chancellor George Osborne to reinstate a Boiler Scrappage Scheme in England to boost the economy.

Burnley plumbs its memories for centenary book

The Nelson, Colne & District Master Plumbers' Association has joined forces with Burnley College to produce a commemorative book recording the history of the organisation as part of its centenary celebrations in 2012.

Fuel campaign debate in House of Commons

The Road Haulage Association and the Builders Merchants Federation have called for a freeze in fuel duty to avoid the issue 'derailing the UK economy'.

Plumbing supplier duped for stolen pipes

The director of Neath-based plumbing supplier Plumbwise in Wales has been forced to put his plans to give a family a free DIY makeover on hold after the theft of £6,500 worth of copper pipes.

From Friends of the Earth to government's FOE

The government is facing legal action after being accused of "completely undermining business confidence" after revealing plans to enforce lower Feed-in Tariff (FiT) payments.

New TV show features young female plumber

Plumber Angie Parkinson from Marton, who operates as Little Miss Plumb, has been chosen as one of a renovation team appearing on a new Channel 4 programme.

Piping up on poor metal theft policing

A Cheltenham plumber has criticised "soft" policing after a man caught stealing metal from his home was released with a caution.

FUN FRIDAY: Crew finds 1,000-year-old skeleton

Plumbers find a lot of unusual items while working but a 1,000-year-old skeleton must take the prize for the most bizarre.

HomeServe restarts call centre service

Home emergency repairs business HomeServe, which closed its call centre at the end of October, has restarted its telesales operation.

APHC and SNIPEF welcome revised VAT advice

The Plumbing & Heating Contractors' Alliance and the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation have welcomed revised guidance from HMRC on the application of VAT on energy-saving materials, which should clarify rates for installers.

'Silent killer' costs over £1 million a year

A report has been launched as a result of a six-month parliamentary inquiry examining how the toll carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning takes on public health and the NHS budget can be mitigated.

Plumbing firm in hot water over plagiarism

Pimlico Plumbers' managing director is seeking a six-figure compensation settlement from a Birmingham plumbing firm over claims it stole content from the London company's website.

Balfour Beatty strike ballot kicks off next week

Union Unite is to start balloting around 1,000 members at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services next Wednesday.

Wiltshire company penalised for logo misuse

A Wiltshire company has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £500 in costs after being found guilty of illegally using the HETAS logo.

Grafton warns profit growth will slow

Further evidence of falling consumer spending on their homes has been revealed by the Grafton Group.

Vogue under attack

Radiator and towel rail manufacturer Vogue (UK) has revealed its main factory has been targeted by metal thieves and arsonists 15 times in 18 months.

Scot plumber conquers personal Dragon's Den

A Scottish plumber has had his invention cleared for distribution in the UK.

Firms scoop £630m Home Group repair contract

Contractors Mears, Morrisons, Roalco, Willmott Dixon and gas boiler specialist WRB have won deals for Home Group's £630 million home repairs and maintenance programme.

Cardiff gas engineers fined over carbon monoxide poisoning

A Cardiff-based plumbing firm has pleaded guilty after being accused of causing CO poisoning.

Wolseley UK completes sale of Build Center

Wolseley UK has completed the sale of its Build Center business to Jewson, which is part of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution.

American plumber finds 20-grand - in air duct

A plumber from Florida, who had been called to an empty house to fix a water leak, discovered nearly $20,000 contained in two aluminium foil-wrapped packages that fell out of an air duct.

Fines from HSE to hit £750

Plans for the HSE to charge small firms £750 or more when inspectors find a fault have been attacked by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Tragic toddler death industry wake-up call

The death of a West Midlands toddler after being scalded in a shower is yet another tragic reminder of how dangerous hot water can be to vulnerable groups, warns anti-scald specialist Inta.

Job risk as government slashes support for solar

Thousands of UK jobs are now at risk, following the cuts to the solar power subsidy, says international law firm Eversheds.

Guidance on water heating

New guidelines have been issued for water heating to the owners of hot water plants and operators following an incident where a resident was killed by scalding water controlled by a housing association.

Another threat to the Green Deal

The Office of National Statistics is to make a crucial decision that affects the future of the government's flagship Green Deal energy-efficiency scheme, according to BusinessGreen.com.

Cardiff gas fitter fined for working without registration

A gas fitter has been fined for installing a boiler in a domestic property, despite not being Gas Safe registered.

Proposed abolition of unfair dismissal laws welcomed

Plumbing entrepreneur Charlie Mullins says businesses can be boosted by proposed changes to the law which would allow companies to dismiss unproductive workers without explanation.

Heating engineer electrocuted

A heating engineer has died following electric shock while attempting to repair a central heating system.

Plumbers 'too busy' to get paid

Payment company quotetopay conducted a survey with visitors to PHEX Manchester this year and found 52% of plumbers have not collected a payment from a customer.

Millions lost through escape-of-water damage

Figures released by insurance business Legal & General reveals that house insurance claims from damage caused by the escape of water in UK homes cost the insurance industry £730 million in 2010.

Joe the Plumber and US domination

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became a household name during the 2008 presidential campaign and he's been working hard to bring about political change in the States ever since.

Drain Doctor offers accredited training

Drain Doctor Plumbing & Drainage has teamed up with City & Guilds to provide an accredited training programme for its franchisees and technicians.

Plumber joins rogue trader fight

Thomas Henson, who trades as The Jobbing Plumber, is the latest recruit to join South Tyneside's Safetraders scheme register.

Dim forecast for newbuild plumbing work

Newbuild housing is set to decrease with housing starts in 2012 the second lowest since 1945, according to the latest forecast from the Construction Products Association.