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Our construction sector lays the foundations for UK prosperity. It builds the infrastructure and housing that Britain needs and the world wants to buy – as well as creating millions of jobs across the country. The CBI works every day to work to create the conditions that allow it to prosper.

Top priorities

  • Skills & Diversity – Skills shortages and a lack of diversity are particularly acute in the construction sector. We are currently focussed on lobbying to ensure that the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy works for the industry, as well as supporting the next generation of leaders.
  • Business models – Currently, the sector’s business models do not create the conditions or incentives for firms to invest and innovate. We are focussed on unlocking the industry’s technical knowledge and vision to deliver innovative solutions to overcome low margins and fragmented supply chains.
  • Housing – Housing is a critical economic and social issue. We are focussed on securing pro-growth approaches to planning, an accelerated release of public sector land for housing development, and a greater focus on supporting scale-ups in the housing market.

Policy issues affecting the industry

  • Apprenticeship Levy – The Apprenticeship Levy has been set at 0.5% and will prove a significant extra cost on business. We are pleased with the creation of a Levy Board, which will give business a voice on how the money is spent. We will work with Government to focus on the levy’s implementation and ensure it works with the construction sector’s longstanding levy.
  • Capital spending – It is good to see that Government has committed to stay the course to deliver ambitious Capital Spending plans on roads and rail. However the challenge will be to ensure we maintain the momentum on delivery.
  • Housing – The Government has made a number of policy announcements on housing including Starter Homes scheme, changes to the social housing market and additional stamp duty requirements in the Private Rental Sector. Resolving the national housing crisis will require building homes of all types and tenures, including housing for market and social rent.
  • Industrial strategy – The CBI has been a long-term supporter of the previous Government’s industrial strategy. The foundation of Construction 2025 is characterised by collaborative partnership: government and industry working together with a shared-vision of long-term growth, driven by greater global competitiveness and exports success.

How to get involved

  1. Come to our events – As a member you’ll receive invites to exclusive events - including roundtables, network events and dinners - throughout the year with high profile speakers from business and politics:‚Äč
    • Diversity in construction – Our network of senior female leaders in the industry meet to discuss the key policy issues impacting the sector and provides opportunities for members to meet their peers and discuss their experiences.
    • Investment in UK construction – With Chinese investment entering the UK market, our forthcoming roundtable (see events below) will explore the opportunities and risks for the construction industry.
  2. Share your views – there are many ways for members to contribute to our work:
    • Sustainability of the sector – As attention turns to delivering the ambitious housing and infrastructure projects, we are exploring whether the construction business model is fit for the future.
  3. Get the latest intelligence – Access to insights from across policy and business direct to your inbox.

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