Fall in UK construction output ‘marks worrying trend’


THE Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has described the 1.4% fall in UK construction output for the first four months of this year as a ‘worrying trend’.

The organisation was responding to the latest ONS Construction Industry output data for April.

Chief executive Brian Berry that while survey data collected by the ONS indicates wet and windy conditions contributed to the struggles, the ‘stagnation’ seen across the UK economy suggests this is part of a wider problem.

He added, “The performance of the construction industry is a key element of the UK’s overall economic performance. With the General Election fast approaching, and all of the major political parties claiming sustainable long-term growth will be a priority, it is essential that construction receives the attention it needs.

“By boosting housebuilding rates, providing support to people looking to carry out energy efficient upgrades to their homes, and taking steps to address the current skills crisis in construction, the next government can set the UK on the road to a brighter future.”