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26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT Tel: 020 7323 3770 Fax: 020 7323 0307 Web: www.constructionproducts.org.uk Email: email@example.com 9 December 2009 Pre-budget Cuts in Capital Spending Disappoint Construction Products Association At a time when the country needs a stimulus to help the economy recover from the sharpest economic downturn since the 1940s, it is disappointing that today’s Pre- budget Report has reaffirmed there will be a dramatic cut in government capital investment over the next four years. Responding to today’s Report, Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association said: ‘With the construction industry facing a decline in output in 2009 of nearly 15%, the largest single year fall since the War, it is extremely disappointing that the government has confirmed capital investment will fall by 50% over the next four years, especially given its stated commitment to boost investment in national infrastructure and skills. For every £1.00 of the investment now being cut, an additional £2.84 would have been generated in economic activity creating much needed jobs throughout the country, according to the recent high profile report on the construction sector prepared by LEK Consulting.’ However, the Association welcomes measures to help improve the energy efficiency of the built environment and in particular the widely trailed Boiler Scrappage Scheme, which is a small step in the right direction. ‘Although tackling 125,000 boilers is a welcome start, there are nearly five million boilers currently in use with a permanent pilot light, so if the government is to live up to its ambition to maintain leadership in the low-carbon sector, the scale of the problem that needs to be addressed remains considerable.’ 1 Other measures such as extending the warm front scheme and encouraging wider use of renewables are also to be welcomed but unfortunately they do little to enhance the government’s stated ambition to maintain leadership in the low-carbon sector. ENDS NOTE TO EDITORS: The Construction Products Association represents the UK’s manufacturers and suppliers of construction products, components and fittings. The Association acts as the voice of the construction products sector, representing the industry-wide view of its members. The sector has an annual turnover of £40 billion and accounts for 40% of total construction output. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Simon Storer. Communications and External Affairs Director Construction Products Association Tel : 020 7323 3770 Fax : 020 7323 0307 Mobile : 0770 286 2257 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Noble Francis, Economics Director Construction Products Association Tel : 020 7323 3770 Mobile: 0791 261 2882 Fax : 020 7323 0307 E-mail : email@example.com 2
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