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Chancellor Should Use Construction to Drive Growth

The Construction Products Association has called on the Chancellor to recognise the potential that the construction and product manufacturing has to drive short-term growth and enable long-term prosperity for the UK. It is vital government spend the £4.69 billion capital investment boost announced in the 2011 Autumn Statement and the additional £5.5 billion announced in December. Together these investments would provide at least an additional 0.8% growth in GDP if delivered.

Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association, Diana MontgomeryCommenting, Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association, Diana Montgomery (right) said, ‘We support the government’s need to address the UK’s mounting debt and growth is essential in tackling this. The latest ONS figures highlight that construction output fell 8.4% during 2012 and is forecast to fall a further 2.2% this year. With the general economic outlook continuing to look uncertain, we are urging government to do more to drive growth by building on the recent increase in capital investment for repair and maintenance of roads and extending this to other parts of built environment, such as housing, schools and hospitals.

‘We also want to see the UK improve on its current ranking of 24th in the world for the quality of its infrastructure. For the UK economy to remain internationally competitive in attracting inward investment, it is essential that there are significant improvements in its infrastructure.

Montgomery concluded, ‘Government frequently states it is aware of the importance of the construction industry and its product manufacturers and suppliers. In these challenging times for the UK economy, the opportunities that we provide to drive economic growth and build a more sustainable future for the UK need to be prioritised. We can only hope the Chancellor does indeed recognise this.’

CrossrailCrossrail contracts creating jobs and business opportunities

The impact of Crossrail on the UK economy and employment reveals in latest statistics that businesses from right around the UK are benefitting from work connected to Europe’s largest construction project.

To date, Crossrail has awarded direct, tier 1 contracts with a value of more than £5.5bn, which in turn are contributing to the creation of at least 75,000 business opportunities covering the project’s direct contractors and their supply chains.

New figures published today by Crossrail show that:

  • Throughout the project and its supply chain it is estimated that enough work will be generated to support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs.
  • Companies right across the UK are benefitting. Of the contracts monitored by Crossrail, 43 per cent of businesses winning work are based outside of London and the southeast and 62 per cent are based outside the capital.

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