NFB manifesto 2015: smarter building for Britain
Published: 22 September, 2014
The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has launched its manifesto for the 2015 general election at this year’s party conferences. The manifesto outlines NFB members’ key priorities for the next government and proposals for how these can be achieved.
We believe that the winners of the next general election have the opportunity to place construction at the heart of a long-term vision for the economy. The construction industry is a solid bet for public investment, returning £2.84 for every £1 invested and can be a world class leader in areas of sustainability and design. In order for the sector to flourish, we have identified three key areas for action:
Housebuilding: homes for Britain
Britain needs around 245,000 new homes every year to meet the demands of the future. If we are going to achieve these types of numbers in the next parliament, the next government must ensure there is no rollback on making planning simpler and a meaningful attempt to attract patient capital into the housing market.
Procurement: building smarter, building value
Public sector procurement is often an inefficient and expensive process. The NFB is keen for this to change and look forward to working with the next government to simplify the procurement process, facilitating SME access to public contracts.
Industry investment and finance: long-term stability for the future
The construction industry needs stable, sustainable investment to support industry growth. The NFB is calling for the next government to make lending to small businesses easier while ensuring larger investors can work with the construction industry and the public sector to support longer term projects.