Following the release of the government report on the “£100 million boost for small house builders”, BSRIA Chief Executive, Julia Evans, has given her reaction.
“It is good news that this scheme will give help to SMEs but does it address the housing issue at large? Clearly, not enough houses – across the size spectrum – are being built.
As ever, as far as BSRIA is concerned, this scheme will only work if we’ve got enough people to build the houses. The construction industry is currently suffering from a major skills shortage. We need to invest now in recruiting and developing the skills we are going to need to deliver the high volume of energy efficient houses required. Presenting the industry as a viable long term career choice will assist this.
In this respect, BSRIA does welcome the government’s statement that it has placed housebuilding at the heart of its long-term economic plan, to get homes communities want built and create jobs in construction and related industries.
BSRIA is disappointed with the government’s recent announcement of the end of the UK’s zero carbon buildings policy, but the industry remains ambitious that all new homes are built to the best standard, and they adopt the most energy efficient standards possible. And in this specific respect, we are concerned that the scheme sends out a mixed message on carbon reduction policies.”
Launched last week by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Housing Growth Partnership will help small builders to play their part in this success.
The government has matched a £50 million investment from Lloyds Banking Group to create the £100 million Housing Growth Partnership, which will be used to help smaller builders to invest in new projects and develop their businesses, allowing them to recruit and train skilled workers and become more competitive in their local area.
The partnership expects to make around 50 investments, with the aim to provide an additional 2,000 homes.