Industry reacts to political uncertainty

Published:  12 June, 2017

Since the election, there has been a lot of speculation about the short and long term effects the Conervative minority government will have on policy.

In particular, there are many concerns within the construction industry about what this continuing uncertainty will mean in terms of economics, planning policy, work force and the environment.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at the UK Green Building Council, said: “Over the coming weeks and months, Parliament must not let power struggles and partisan wranglings obstruct the immediate need for leadership and action on urgent policy imperatives such as housing, clean air, energy prices and the delayed Emissions Reduction Plan.”

Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland’s Executive Director, Annie Mauger said: “For Scotland, welfare reform is a key area of reserved policy where we hope politicians can work on a cross party basis to resolve significant issues of implementation which CIH Scotland members, working on the frontline of housing delivery, are currently having to deal with.”

With Brexit negotiations put on hold during the election campaign there are again concerns about the movement of labour if hard borders and introduced.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive, BSRIA, said: “The construction industry needs access to a skilled global workforce – especially from the EU. We need a workforce with the right skills to build these, therefore a fluid skilled labour market is key.

“But building homes is a matter of quality as well as quantity. The focus on more volume makes quality more important than ever and an added emphasis on the status of the quality of homes is vital to guarantee that in challenging the housing crisi, we are not building the costly slums or soulless estates of tomorrow.”

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