Construction trade associations publish election manifesto wish lists
Publishing their respective election manifestos the lobby groups have detailed what commitments they would like to see from the major political parties.
In its Manifesto for the Built Environment supply chain, the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group (SEC Group) said a future government and parliament should commit to three-points for a world-leading UK specialist engineering supply chain in the built environment.
Professor Rudi Klein, SEC Group’s CEO, said that the challenge for the industry was to become leaner and fitter and government policy can be the catalyst for this change.
He added: “We urge all political parties to adopt these points in their business & industry policies as they are essential levers for economic growth and increased productivity.”
An engineering services manifesto has been launched by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) which adds to a recent submission by the ECA and BESA on the government’s industrial strategy consultation.
The five-point manifesto calls for:
ECA CEO Steve Bratt and BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin said: “The next government has a great opportunity to deliver an investment and regulatory climate in which industry thrives and where buildings and infrastructure support UK growth and productivity.
“Our five-point manifesto would support business, by delivering highly skilled apprenticeships, giving SMEs the opportunity to grow, and ultimately, improving UK productivity.”
The National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) have launched its industry-led manifesto outlining five key areas it feels the next UK government should focus on alongside negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union.
The NHIC wants all political parties to clearly establish in their manifestos how they would work with industry to overcome some of the fundamental challenges currently faced by the country, including not only the need to build more quality energy efficient homes, but also how to improve the quality of our existing housing stock.
Anna Scothern, executive director of the NHIC, said: “Great Britain is one of the richest countries in the world, yet 4.5 million families still live in fuel poverty. The National Home Improvement Council believes that no individual or family should have to make ‘heat or eat’ choices each winter.”
She added: “27% of the UK’s CO2 emissions come from our existing 26 million homes and while demand for housing continues to rise with new house building failing year-on-year to meet the established government target of 1 million new homes by 2020, refurbishment, repair and maintenance must be an essential part of the new Government’s overall housing strategy.”
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) also launched a five-point plan: