?Cross-party consensus on housing construction called for by FMB
?The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on all of the major political parties to reach a consensus on prioritising new housing and infrastructure projects. It was suggested that this could lead to the generation of jobs and growth, with as many 200,009 new positions being created in the construction sector alone. This call came as part of the Get Britain Building 2020 Delivery Plan launch, which made the case for construction being positioned as the main driver of the economy for the next parliament - from 2015 to 2020. In addition to the FMB, the Modern Masonry Alliance (MMA), the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) all lent their voices to the recommendations. MMA chief executive officer Mike Leonard acknowledged that a great deal has been achieved for the construction industry since the launch of the Get Britain Building Campaign in 2009. However, he added that it is imperative local development plans stretching as far as 30 years in the future are developed if this success is to be sustained. HBF director of external affairs John Slaughter noted that private home builders are already escalating their investment in skills as part of the wider market recovery, suggesting the government should nurture that. Managing director of the BMF John Newcomb agreed that house building and the upgrading of existing homes needs more support, as its supply chain is key to the UK economy. Chief executive officer of the FMB Brian Berry said: "We are calling on the next government to put housing and construction at the heart of its five?-?year plan."We put forward a range of sound actions and recommendations for the next government to ensure it fully realises the potential of our sector and allows us to help deliver its aims of increasing the pace of economic growth and job creation and reducing our carbon emissions," he continued.
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