The Federation of Master Builders

General Election 2019: Vote to #BuildBetter

The country will go to the polls on 12 December to vote for who they think should be in Government for the next five years.

Whoever will lead the next Government will have many big issues to contend with from the housing crisis to the climate emergency.

The construction industry, which accounts for 9% of GDP and employs 2.7 million people across the UK will be instrumental for building the homes we need and the vital infrastructure that will underpin the UK’s success post-Brexit. 

Construction companies will also play a key role in helping the Government reach a net-carbon Britain by undertaking the retrofit works that are necessary to upgrade and decarbonise our existing housing stock.

Builders across the UK stand ready to meet the challenges ahead but need support to do this. The FMB have produced a 12-point programme for the new Government to empower the UK’s construction industry to meet the challenges ahead.

Download the FMB programme

We have also published the following press releases during the course of the election campaign:



  1. Make house building a national infrastructure priority
  2. Free up more public land for housing and break up into small plots for small builders
  3. Invest in local authority planning departments to speed up the planning process


  1. Promote vocational education and invest in Further Education
  2. Reform the Apprenticeship levy so it works better for small companies
  3. Introduce a fair and balance post- Brexit immigration system


  1. License all UK construction companies
  2. Introduce mandatory warranties for Building Control approved work
  3. Create a new General Builder Qualification


  1. Create a National Retrofit Strategy
  2. Invest in upskilling builders to build and upgrade homes fit for the future
  3. Cut VAT on home improvement work to 5%

Programme for government

Get Involved with the FMB’s Campaign

  • Register to vote by 26 November (21 November in Northern Ireland).
  • Share the programme for government in your social networks and with local candidates
  • Host a site visit with your local candidates – email [email protected] to help arrange one
  • Attend any local hustings with candidates
  • Don’t forget to vote!

Download the FMB programme

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