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Mixed messages risk builders’ livelihoods, warns FMB

by Jennie Ward

Greater clarity is needed from the Government with respect to construction sites remaining open while the country is on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic,  according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on 23 March further restricting movements in the UK, Brian Berry, FMB Chief Executive, said: “Our members want to do the right thing, but the advice coming from Government is anything but clear. I am calling on the Government to tell my members, today, whether they can continue to go on site and work. Small builders cannot work from home, but without cash grants available now, they risk seeing their livelihoods lost. 
Berry concluded: “Mixed messages are spreading further anxiety at a time when hundreds of small builders face immediate lost earnings, having to make their staff redundant, and seeing their companies go to the wall. The £25,000 grant must be extended to construction, support is needed for the self-employed which make up 37% of the industry, and applications for the Job Retention Scheme must be brought forward.”

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