The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill finally completed its journey through Parliament and became an Act in November. Part 8 of the new Act, which contains the changes to the original Housing Grants Act, can be found through this link: _20090020_en _12#pt8

The critical unknown is when the new Act will come into force. That depends on the drafting and approval of amendments to the Scheme for Construction Contracts, the secondary legislation. Consultation on draft amendments is anticipated in the early part of 2010 and the finalised amendments will need to be approved by both Houses of Parliament. Early 2011 currently looks like a reasonable guess as to when the new Act and revised Scheme might come into force