Making a Material Difference

What the construction products industry wants to see from this Government

INVESTMENT IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

  • Funding to ensure our schools, hospitals, housing, transport and water infrastructure meet 21st century standards
  • Clear output targets for what this investment will deliver
  • Robust mechanisms to measure performance against Government targets
  • Incentives for improving the energy efficiency of the UK housing stock
  • Extension of 5% rate of VAT to all repair maintenance and improvement work
  • Reduced stamp duty liability on energy efficient properties
  • Government procurement which focuses on best-value and whole life-time costs

MEASURES TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE INDUSTRY'S COMPETITIVENESS:

  • Fuel duty rates frozen and any new transport taxation, such as road user charging, ring-fenced for infrastructure improvements
  • Aggregates Levy abolished and the Climate Change Levy redesigned
  • A minimum 35% allowance rate on all capital investment and landowners' cost of cleaning up brownfield sites offset against corporation tax
  • A speedier planning system which takes more account of the needs of business
  • Early consultation with industry on the allocation methodology for Phase II of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Retention of the UK's opt-out under the Working Time Directive
  • A clear and unambiguous definition of waste and when it ceases to be waste to allow more recycling
  • Exclusion from REACH of raw materials and products covered by other directives
  • Comprehensive and independent regulatory impact assessments on all new and reviewed legislation
  • Early consultation with industry when formulating emissions policy for the period after 2012 (post-Kyoto)

A copy of the full Agenda can downloaded by clicking here.

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