Members of the Get Britain Building coalition met with Assembly Members and representatives of the Welsh construction industry last week to launch the Get Wales Building campaign in the Welsh Assembly.
Joyce Watson, the Mid and West Wales AM, hosted the event at the National Assembly for Wales. ‘Get Wales Building’, which is part of the biggest coalition in the building industry’s history, is calling on the Welsh Assembly Government to help the beleaguered construction industry survive the economic downturn and save hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Campaign organisers Builders Merchants Federation, British Precast, the Modern Masonry Alliance, and the Federation of Master Builders have issued a ten point manifesto which includes pleas to improve bank lending, ease the planning process and encourage the UK Government to cut VAT to 5% for building maintenance work.
Speaking after the launch, Watson said: “The construction industry has been hit particularly hard by the recession because demand for new-build housing has decreased at the same time as credit has dried up.
“It’s not just the big companies that are suffering–in rural areas, small, independent outfits that provide much needed employment are struggling too. That’s why I’m supporting ‘Get Wales Building’.
New house building starts in Wales from October to December last year dropped by 76%.
A total of 677 new properties were started between October and December last year compared to 2,827 in the same quarter last year.