A plan for the new government to improve the UK’s built environment has been set out by leading engineering services body ECA. The proposals include reforming cash retentions, reducing false self-employment, and preventing the use of unskilled labour.
Steve Bratt, chief executive of ECA, commented: “If the new government is to deliver a range of key infrastructure projects, such as high-speed rail, major housing developments and renewable power generation, then it needs to promote a competitive market based on quality and innovation. Unfair, unsustainable practices such as false self-employment, cash retentions and reliance on unqualified, incompetent labour need tackling as a priority.
“The engineering services industry plays a fundamental role in improving the UK’s built environment, which in turn is the engine of progress and growth across the economy. Businesses stand ready to support Government to reach its ambitious climate targets and deliver key infrastructure, but change is required to make this a reality.”
ECA’s five-point plan is as follows:
Mr Bratt added: “This five-point plan is clearly on top of the government’s need to resolve the current Brexit impasse, and therefore bring certainty to businesses. The industry is increasingly keen the new government focus on delivering a compelling domestic programme for enhancing our infrastructure and boosting the built environment.'
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