Cross-party consensus on how best to deliver new housing and infrastructure projects would result in 200,000 new jobs in the construction sector, according to the industry’s leading organisations.
The call came as key organisations launched the ‘Get Britain Building 2020 Delivery Plan’ which makes the case for using construction as a driver of jobs and growth and includes a range of recommendations for the next Government, covering the period 2015 to 2020.
The Modern Masonry Alliance, Federation of Master Builders, Home Builders Federation and Builders Merchants Federation represent the major players in the construction and housing industry from the manufacturers of bricks and blocks, to the suppliers of building materials, right through to both the large and small builders.
Mike Leonard, chief executive of the Modern Masonry Alliance, said: “While much has been achieved since we launched the Get Britain Building Campaign in 2009, the biggest opportunities to secure more homes, jobs, growth and a balanced economy still lie ahead of us.
“It is imperative that we begin to develop 30 year local development plans to create the confidence required to secure inward investment in infrastructure, manufacturing, distribution and land, and attract young people into the sector by offering long term meaningful career prospects.”
Speaking at the launch, Builders Merchants Federation MD John Newcomb encouraged BMF members to get behind the campaign.
“With the next General Election less than a year away, we have a real opportunity to win cross party support for a coherent construction policy to deliver jobs, economic growth and better homes through a balanced and sustainable recovery,” said Newcomb.
The BMF will be at the major party conferences this autumn to put forward the campaigning messages from its own policy manifesto and from the 2020 delivery plan.
Newcomb added: “While it’s important to meet politicians in their own backyard, if we want them to truly understand our industry we need to get them out of Westminster and County Halls around the country, and into merchant yards, manufacturing facilities and building sites.
“If politicians see how a business operates and hears from real people about the issues they are facing, they are more likely to understand, to remember and to act.”