SOLIHULL MP Lorely Burt has given her support to a new campaign aimed at boosting the UK’s beleaguered construction industry.
‘GetBritainBuilding’ is a coalition of organisations from within the construction sector who are calling for the creation of a new business environment to help the industry survive the worst recession since 1980.
The campaign focuses on the need for the Government to create a new business environment framework in which they can work.
The campaign’s 10-point manifesto includes:
n?a plea to get banks lending to small businesses again;
n?a Government strategy to refurbish the country’s 26?million homes to make them more energy efficient;
n?a cut in VAT to 5 per cent for property maintenance;
n?and a defined timetable to complete the Government’s planned investment in new schools and hospitals.
Speaking at the campaign launch in Westminster, Ms Burt said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the launch of this vitally important campaign.
“I know from talking to builders in my constituency just how bad things are for them at the moment.
“As an MP I will be doing all I can in the coming weeks and months to help the UK construction industry survive.”
Richard Hyslop, Get Britain Building coordinator said: “During the last recession the UK construction industry lost over 500,000 skilled jobs. We must not allow that to happen again which is why ‘GetBritainBuilding’ is such an important campaign.
“We were pleased that Lorely Burt was able to come along to show her support for the construction industry in these difficult times and we look forward to working with her and her colleagues to get Britain building again.”