FMB calls on government and industry to collaborate to build at least 200,000 homes a year by 2020
The latest cri de coeur from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) comes at the start of the General Election campaign and is likely to be pushed behind the arguments over the National Health Service, education and general management of the economy.
However, the Federation believes it must raise the standard in order to tackle the current housing crisis. It forms part of the FMB’s Programme for Government: 2015 to 2020 which was launched at a high profile, cross-party event in Parliament last month.
“In England we’re only building around half the number of new homes required to meet the demand for housing,” stated
Brian Berry, Chief Executive, FMB. “Regardless of which party or parties take the reins in May 2015, the next government must work with industry to develop a robust housing strategy and commit to building at least 200,000 new homes a year by 2020. This is a realistic target and one that can be achieved if we remove barriers to small local builders.”
Mr Berry acknowledged that it was “encouraging” that all three main political parties now appeared to recognise the “vital role” of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) house builders and accepted that it would be impossible to meet the demand for new homes without more of these firms building a greater proportion of the country’s homes.
He went on to state that the key issues which had to be addressed in the short and medium term included improved access to finance for small firms and the importance of local authority planning departments having the resource they needed to do their jobs properly.
“For every £1 invested in construction, 92p stays within the UK,” argued Mr Berry. “Construction is also central to delivering the government’s key social and environmental aims which is why we hope policy makers take on board all of the proposals contained within our Programme for Government.”
Caption The FMB’s Programme for Government: 2015 to 2020 was launched at a high profile, cross-party event in Parliament last month.