How the great British DIY shortage unfolded

An increased global demand for materials has meant shortages in the UK

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DIY enthusiasts may have to put off any new projects until after the summer, as a major shortage of building materials leaves suppliers struggling to meet demand.

Cement, timber, steel, paint and electrical components are increasingly difficult – if not impossible – to source, causing problems not just for those looking to carry out home improvements, but for building firms too.

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