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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
A four-point plan to improve the UK’s built environment has been proposed by engineering services bodies BESA and ECA, ahead of next month’s Budget.
The proposals for the Treasury to consider include investment in infrastructure projects, greater funding for SME apprenticeships and reforms to ensure public sector fair payment.
ECA CEO Steve Bratt and BESA Chief Executive David Frise 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 and ensure the correct incentives are in place.
“At present, issues such as unfair payment practices, and a lack of funding in SME apprenticeships, are preventing smaller businesses from taking on more staff, seeking more work opportunities, and ultimately playing a role in supporting the Government’s ambitious infrastructure agenda.
“ECA and BESA urge the Chancellor to provide SMEs with a package of reforms, including investment in infrastructure, changes to apprenticeship funding, and an overhaul of payment practices, in the upcoming Budget.”
BESA and ECA’s four-point plan is as follows:
“Engineering services plays a fundamental role in enhancing the UK’s built environment - 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 investment and reform are required to make this a reality”, concluded Mr. Bratt and Mr. Frise.
The Budget is being held on Wednesday 11 March 2020.
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