Britain's construction industry faces "inexorable decline"
unless radical steps are taken to address its longstanding problems
- that was the key finding of an independent review commissioned by
two government departments published last year.
In February 2016, the government asked the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to look
at the labour model in the construction industry. The CLC
commissioned Mark Farmer to undertake a review.
The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model was
hard-hitting and highlighted construction's dysfunctional training
model, its lack of innovation and collaboration as well as its
non-existent research and development culture.
The government have now published its response to the Farmer
Review recommendations. In its response, the government refers to
measures announced in the Housing White Paper in February and to
the announcement of the
£1.7bn Accelerated Construction Programme which aims to
encourage medium to low volume builders, new developers and
innovative methods of construction in order to build at double the
rate of traditional housebuilders.
Read the government's response.