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FMB calls for National Retrofit Strategy to sustain recovery

by Jennie Ward

Following reports of positive output for the construction sector, the FMB says a National Retrofit Strategy “would give local builders the long-term confidence they require to invest in their skills, take on new employees, and support the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050.”

Signs of recovery should be sustained with commitment to long-term National Retrofit Strategy, says the Federation of Master Builders in response to the ONS Construction Output data released today, which shows that output grew 1.6% in Feb, the highest monthly growth since September 2020. 

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of FMB.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Spring has brought green shoots of recovery in the construction sector, with a 1.6% monthly rise in output in February. While still below its February 2020 level, steps on the path to recovery are welcome after an incredibly difficult year. The repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector has done particularly well, with output 2.2% higher than this time last year, before lockdown began. But following the premature closure of the Green Homes Grant Scheme last month, this boost for local builders needs to be secured and maintained.”  

Berry continued: “The Government has the opportunity to boost regional construction activity through the introduction of a National Retrofit Strategy. Such a strategy would give local builders the long-term confidence they require to invest in their skills, take on new employees, and support the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050. In the year of the United Nations COP conference, the announcement of a long-term National Retrofit Strategy would demonstrate the UK Government to be leading on the climate emergency, while supporting this country’s local builders in parallel.”

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