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Construction industry heads to Downing Street

A new plan to reinvigorate the construction industry was unveiled at a summit at 11 Downing Street last week by 20 construction leaders.

Skills Minister, Matt Hancock and the Government’s construction adviser, Peter Hansford were there to launch the ‘Construction4Growth’ (C4G) campaign, which aims to secure close collaboration between the construction industry and Government.

The campaign calls for:

  • Rapid investment in shovel-ready projects such as the repair and maintenance of roads, housing, schools and hospitals. Spending £100m on repairs and maintenance could generate 3200 jobs, and boost local economies.

  • Empowerment of local authorities to drive growth through construction by lifting borrowing caps on their Housing Revenue Accounts. This measure could free-up an additional £7bn of funding for construction projects in local communities.

  • A requirement for teacher- training courses to include an awareness raising programme for teachers on vocational careers and training opportunities for young people in the construction industry.

  • The introduction of flexible apprenticeship contracts that allow those aged 19 or over to progress to higher qualification levels without losing funding.

    The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford, Labour MP for Greenwich and Woolwich supports the campaign and said: “To see the construction industry coming together in this way is a very positive step. With the economy faltering, now is the time to identify areas for growth and focus on making them a success.

    “Construction4Growth will bridge the gap between the voices ofindustry and the intentions of lawmakers, and if we can knock political heads together, then we all stand to benefit.”

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