East Anglian independent builders merchant Kent Blaxill invited the local MP to its head office last week to promote the building industry’s Plan B.
Colchester MP Bob Russell visited the local builders merchant on Friday morning (October 22) where he heard the case for the coalition government to adopt the Builders Merchants Federation Plan B as the only way to create 2.5 million jobs in the country.
Plan B, which was drawn up before last week’s public spending announcement, was explained to Russell by Simon Blaxill, Kent Blaxill’s managing director, and Brett Amphlett, BMF policy manager.
The plan highlights that the market potential of renovating and insulating existing homes could be worth up to 6.5 billion a year, bolstering the building industry and allied trades and crafts. Research has shown that every £1 spent in the construction generates £2.84 in economic activity.
Russell says: “Clearly we need to get over the message of the importance of buying locally. Money spent with local firms stays in the local economy.”
He also expressed his concern at the lack of social housing building in Colchester, with 5,000 people on the housing waiting list.
Amphlett said: “The governments big idea is to replace jobs lost from public services with new ones created by commerce. The stark reality is that public sector cuts are moving at a faster pace than private enterprise can create jobs. That is why we are saying that construction equals real, purposeful jobs and enduring economic growth at a local level, on a regional basis.”