The Get Britain Building campaign, the coalition of builders merchants, builders and manufacturers, is being launched at the Welsh Assembly today.
The campaign is warning that 300,000 jobs could be lost in the industry and calls on the government to take action. The 10-point manifesto includes calls for a cut in VAT for building repairs and targets for local authorities to identify land for social housing.
Assembly members from all four political parties will be speaking at the launch
The campaign, organised by the BMF, FMB, Modern Masonry Alliance and British Precast, with the support of dozens of other trade associations, predicts that 90,000 jobs could be lost at small and medium-sized builders.
Chris Pateman, the managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation said: “We all need the government to create conditions in which people can borrow money at sensible rates or have the confidence to invest their savings in those millions of pent-up garage conversions, house extensions and roof insulation jobs that can make an immediate and quantifiable improvement to individual families’ quality of life.
“And, at the same time, improve the quality and energy-efficiency of the built environment, reduce the waiting lists for social housing and take some pride in the size, scope and skills of the nation’s largest industry – building,” he said.
Richard Jenkins, Wales director of the FMB said smaller companies were the backbone of the economy but were being hit hardest by the recession.
“During the last recession the UK construction industry lost over 500,000 skilled jobs – we cannot allow that to happen again. We are not asking the government for a financial bailout, we are simply asking the government to allow our members and manufacturers to do what they do best and keep building a better Britain,” he said.