Whilst the industry is grateful for the help in yesterday’s Budget, the measures will only go a short way towards alleviating problems, says Mike Leonard, director of the Modern Masonry Alliance.
“Building more new homes is vital to close the gap between supply and demand. This will ensure we begin to reverse the decline in jobs in manufacturing and distribution of building materials as well providing skilled employment on building sites,” he says.
“We remain very concerned that the Government’s recent changes to the planning process will frustrate the building of new homes and nothing we have heard today is likely to change this.
“The Chancellor’s help for further aprenterships is critical, but this must be matched by providing a much more substantial stimulus for the housing market. We must create demand if there are to be opportunities for real jobs and long term sustainable economic growth.”