Train4TradeSkills News: Nick Clegg – the saviour of the construction industry?
The Deputy Prime Minister has taken it upon himself to solve the troubles of the construction industry, pledging to push through 40 major infrastructure projects.
Mr Clegg wants to see around 40 major projects to be pushed through and given “priority status”, in order to get the UK building again and help many schemes get off the ground.
While the Deputy PM admitted there was no cash available to do this, he said it would involve ministers getting involved to prevent any hold-ups on projects waiting in the planning stages – all to “get the money out the door.”
These proposals will be good for the construction industry, as the 40 major projects can create jobs for contractors, as well as helping the industry grow.
Key industry figures have backed Clegg’s plans, with Tom Foulkes, the director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, saying:
“The commitment to a ‘vision’ for UK infrastructure, the prioritisation of key projects that could kick-start economic growth and direct ministerial responsibility for delivering these projects is encouraging news.”
CECA (Civil Engineering Contractors Association) director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner is also a fan, saying:
“What is crucial is that these welcome words turn quickly into shovels on the ground. Only then will we see any return of confidence to the construction sector, and hopefully the broader economy, allowing the much-hyped private sector-led recovery to really gain pace.”
This news follows on from the government being urged to attract foreign investors to the UK to kick-start the construction industry and build more infrastructure. A new CBI report argues this, and the government itself has admitted that private investment is needed to revitalise the industry. You can read the full story on Train4TradeSkills News here.
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