The National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the UK’s largest roofing trade body, congratulates the new government and looks forward to it fulfilling its commitment to investing in construction, which has been neglected for too long. We hope that a majority government will help to put an end to the political uncertainty that has stalled investment decisions, and it is now essential that the UK puts construction at the forefront of any new trade deals, in order to encourage the much-needed finance of new projects.
With increasing public scrutiny of the quality and safety of buildings, now is the time for government to also back the industry’s drive to improve competency, which includes the development of the RoofCERT accreditation scheme, by stipulating that only qualified specialist installers are used on all government and public construction projects.
We also urge that it ends cash retentions by 2023, following the Construction Leadership Council’s endorsement of the industry’s Zero Retentions Roadmap, which will be critical to creating a more sustainable business model for the whole construction supply chain.
The NFRC’s commitment to improving standards and pay conditions within the roofing industry are among the key issues contained within eight key focus areas of its new strategy and policy document ‘The Way Ahead’
, with others including innovation, sustainability and attracting new talent.