Trade associations have joined together and called for a cross-party consensus on how best to deliver new housing and infrastructure projects
The campaign was launched in central London this week with the claim that if the major political parties adopted this plan, it could result in 200,000 new jobs in the construction sector.
Trade associations have launched the Get Britain Building 2020 Delivery Plan which makes the case for using construction as a ‘driver’ of jobs and growth and includes a range of recommendations for the next government, covering the period 2015 to 2020.
The Modern Masonry Alliance, Federation of Master Builders, Home Builders Federation and Builders Merchants Federation represent the major players in the construction and housing industry, from the manufacturers of bricks and blocks, to the suppliers of building materials, right through to both the large and small builders.
“While much has been achieved since we launched the Get Britain Building Campaign in 2009, the biggest opportunities to secure more homes, jobs, growth and a balanced economy still lie ahead of us,” declared Mike Leonard, Chief Executive, Modern Masonry Alliance. “It is imperative that we begin to develop 30 year local development plans to create the confidence required to secure inward investment in infrastructure, manufacturing, distribution and land, and attract young people into the sector by offering long term meaningful career prospects.”
For his part, Brian Berry, Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders (FMB), stated that the range of actions and recommendations were “sound”. He believed that the next government would be able to ensure it fully realised the potential of the building sector and allowed it to help deliver its aims of increasing the pace of economic growth and job creation, while reducing carbon emissions. “We are calling on the next government to put housing and construction at the heart of its five year plan,” Mr Berry argued.
Other speakers included John Newcomb, Managing Director, Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), who argued that in supporting both house building and the upgrading of existing homes, the building supply chain was vital to the UK economy. “Ensuring continued investment in manufacturing and distribution requires clarity and certainty,” he contested. “We need to know what we can expect from the next government. Once policy is set, we also need continuity with no sudden changes of policy direction, levels of public funding or delivery arrangements, as we have seen so often in the past.”
For further information, visit the website: www.getbritainbuilding.co.uk
Caption Major trade associations are calling for cross-party support to get Britain building again.