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AUTUMN began with 5,000 specialist contractors threatening to leave the Construction Industry Training Board. The firms were enraged by what they saw as poor value for money. The same gripe also put paid to Northern Ireland's only major PFI healthcare scheme.

Pre-tax profits in Taylor Woodrow's half-year results were higher than anticipated. Taywood posted a 43 per cent rise with the firm's housing division providing the biggest boost.

Miller Scaffolding's job at George Street, Glasgow, needed more than a boost though. A

section of scaffold weighing hundreds of tonnes came adrift from its mooring, leaving workers hanging onto window ledges.

The best-erected scaffold could not save anyone from the Inland Revenue's nationwide crackdown on bogus self-employment, which began on September 25.

One escape route from the revenue purge was Ireland. A Construction News special report

revealed Irish workers were returning to Dublin's building boom - and taking hundreds of their British counterparts with them.