Get Britain Building, the largest coalition of those involved in, and concerned with, in the built environment, has launched ‘Plan B’, which aims to unite the industry behind a common plan to return to economic growth for the good of the UK economy.
The four organisations which launched the coalition are the Builders Merchants federation, the Federation of Master Builders, the British Precast Association and the Modern Masonry Alliance.
Plan ‘B’ is for Building and sets out the economic and social benefits of continuing to invest in the construction industry.
Mike Leonard, spokesperson for GBB said, “The market for new homes is showing signs of softening and we are facing up to the biggest public sector cuts of our lifetime which will be announced on October 20. There has never been a more important time to unite as an industry and make sure our politicians know and appreciate the contribution that the building industry can make to the long term economic recovery of Great Britain.
“The Coalition Government is committed to massive spending cuts and tax rises to reduce the massive debt burden. Rising unemployment is likely to be one of the consequences of this action and it is for this reason that we believe that having our Plan B is vital for maintaining and creating real jobs.”
Plan B has been distributed and promoted at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Conferences in September and early October as the GBB campaign goes on the road to promote the construction industry.
Every £1 invested in construction generates £2.84 in GDP; provides 56p return to the Exchequer and retains 92p within the UK. The construction industry consists of 300,000 companies, 3,000,000 employees – representing 10% of GDP and 8% of the electorate.