General Election 2024: BMF welcomes Labour’s pledge to ‘Get Britain Building Again’

General Election 2024: BMF welcomes Labour’s pledge to ‘Get Britain Building Again’

The Builders Merchants Federation states that it looks forward to working with the incoming Labour Government and is calling for swift action to “Get Britain Building Again”.

Offering congratulations to Keir Starmer and the Labour Party following their General Election success, BMF CEO John Newcomb urged the new government to “recognise the role, value and importance of the building materials supply chain in housing the nation,” and talk to the BMF about how they will rise to the challenge in delivering the necessary materials and products to build the 1.5 million new homes pledged by the new government.

John commented: “Sir Keir, Angela Rayner and Rachel Reeves have signalled their desire and determination to be ‘the builders, not the blockers’. We welcome the fresh impetus they bring to inject more urgency into building more new homes and to reform the planning system.

“The new government has a clear idea of what it wants to do and must now show a sense of purpose to get on with building a million and a half new homes. We look forward to their much-anticipated Housing Recovery Plan and hearing what ministers want to do in their first 100 days.”

John emphasised the importance of a nationwide programme of home insulation to cut energy bills, upgrade cold homes and reduce carbon emissions. He said the blueprint for this is the Construction Leadership Council’s 20-year National Retrofit Strategy to improve the thermal and energy performance of existing homes.

He continued: “We note Labour’s manifesto promise for an additional £6.5bn to upgrade the energy efficiency of five million homes to cut bills for families. BMF members have a key role to play as they make and deliver the majority of materials and products needed to upgrade properties and improve living standards as we move towards decarbonising homes and electrifying heating.

“But this can only be achieved with unrelenting efforts by government and industry, working together in partnership, to complete the necessary improvements that many households urgently need.”

John concluded: “We stand ready to help ministers with this vital work and look forward to our first meeting with Angela Rayner and Matthew Pennycook to Get Britain Building Again.”

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