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CPA suggests new government priorities

20 June 2024

CPA suggests new government priorities

Ahead of the general election taking place on 4 July, the CPA has urged the next government to consider some key priorities to ensure that the UK plant hire sector remains a key part of the wider construction eco-system.

CPA Policy Manager Chris Cassley said: “The next government must recognise the role of construction in a growing and sustainable economy. These priorities are an essential part of ensuring plant hire continues to grow and develop as the modern, innovative sector it is, with a highly motivated workforce and ambitious companies that are at the heart of UK construction.”

The association’s Priorities for the Next Government document urges the next government to reinforce business investment and future house building programmes, to establish a credible timetable for the extension of the Full Expensing Allowance to every aspect of the construction plant hire industry, and to implement reforms to the planning system.

To help with the decarbonisation of construction plant, the CPA suggests having one single government department responsible for this, as current policies and roles are split between at least three. It also seeks the temporary reintroduction of the rebate for HVO to the construction industry for at least the next two years, and the trialling of a scrappage scheme for NRMM (Non-Road Mobile Machinery) businesses operating in Freeport zones, with a view to widening the scheme on a national basis.

CPA says the new government should publish the Low Carbon Fuels Strategy as soon as possible and develop a road map for the decarbonisation of NRMM.

To support the construction industry, the organisation says the position of construction minister must be solely dedicated to the sector and not split amongst a range of different ministerial responsibilities.

The document says measures should be implemented to work with the construction industry to grow the domestic skills base, improving both apprenticeship funding and retention rates amongst apprentices, and that realism is needed in recruiting from overseas, with the Migration Advisory Committee working with the construction sector in addressing current skills gaps.

CPA also believes that the creation of Great British Railways must be a key legislative part of the King’s Speech, helping provide certainty for planning and business investment in the rail plant sector.


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