The Builders Merchants Federation has welcomed the Government announcement that it is to appoint a Chief Construction Adviser.
“After having five Construction Ministers in as many years, the industry could be forgiven for wondering whether this move is really an acknowledgement of the crucial role of the building industry in the UK economy, or merely a piece of cynical tokenism. We are not cynics at the BMF, of course, so we welcome the announcement wholeheartedly and unreservedly,” said BMF managing director Chris Pateman.
“It is particularly pleasing to see this individual will work predominantly with the Treasury: we look forward to a fresh and dynamic new understanding at the very highest levels of the need to create a fiscal environment in which construction can flourish. Best of all, this understanding – and the necessary policy initiatives to put it in place – need not wait until a suitable Chief Construction Advisor is in post.
“Our Get Britain Building campaign has already outlined a whole raft of measures which could be enacted tomorrow. Doing so would both demonstrate the government’s obviously deep-felt commitment to construction, and ensure the Chief Construction Advisor starts his or her new job with the very greatest opportunity to make a positive impact from day one.”