The Federation of Master Builders

Launch of FMB 'Licence to build: A pathway to licensing UK construction'

The launch of the FMB’s research report ‘Licence to build: a pathway to licencing UK construction’, delivered in collaboration with Pye Tait consulting, took place on Monday 2nd July 2018 in the House of Lords.

Brian Berry with Richard Harrington MP

The research report sets out the potential benefits of introducing a mandatory licencing scheme for UK construction, and what this could look like in operation. The FMB believes a mandatory licencing scheme would help to increase quality and standards across the whole industry. The report sets out a possible structure for what its implementation could look like, and how it could build on existing quality assurance frameworks that operate in the industry in order to minimise disruption and additional cost.

The report was launched at a busy reception in the House of Lords, which was attended by a number of MPs, Peers, leading industry stakeholders, journalists and FMB members. The guest speakers were the Construction Minister Richard Harrington MP and the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer the Rt Hon John McDonnell MP. The FMB’s Chief Executive Brain Berry welcomed attendees and gave the opening remarks. The event was kindly hosted by Baroness Maddock who extended words of support and encouragement for the campaign, and was sponsored by UK Construction Week who talked about their drive to support skills for the future.

Construction Minister Richard Harrington MP

All the speakers were in agreement that this was a welcome and timely campaign, but one which signalled the beginning of a long journey of discussion and consultation. Representatives from the Conservative Party, Labour and the Liberal Democrats discussed the need to establish cross-party consensus for developing a licencing scheme, as MPs of all parties are continuously approached by constituents who are having problems with rogue builders in their area.

A licencing scheme would drive up quality across the whole industry, and to this end the research was welcomed by a wide range of stakeholders, including builders who wish to address the negative stereotypes of their industry and work, and consumer groups for whom a mandatory licencing scheme would offer much greater consumer protection.

To support the campaign, please email [email protected].

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