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Building the case for construction ahead of the 2017 General Election – What is the CIOB doing?

Date: 11/05/17

Linked News: Building the case for construction ahead of the 2017 General Election – How to get involved?

Steven Crane-Jenkins

Former Policy Officer (Cymru/Wales)


The CIOB has an active and effective policy and public affairs function that covers the four countries of the UK.

The quality of our built environment affects every member of society. The construction industry creates and maintains the places that people live, work and play in, the infrastructure that supports them and the services that sustain them. It is vital that those elected to the House of Commons understand this.

In the run-up to the 2017 General Election, Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) will be contacted by the CIOB, outlining what is being asked for and highlighting action the CIOB believes needs to be taken.

The CIOB will be outlining five main themes as part of its 2017 General Election Manifesto, and will be highlighting:

  • Key issues/challenges surrounding these themes, as identified by the CIOB
  • What the built environment can do to assist and rectify these issues/challenges
  • How the political system at Westminster can act to work with the built environment to achieve success

The key asks forming the CIOBs 2017 General Election Manifesto are:

  • Continue support for the Industrial Strategy and recognise construction’s role in improving productivity
  • Work alongside the construction industry to support a robust system for training and skills development
  • Recognise both the opportunities and risks that Brexit will bring
  • Ensure quality is at the heart of the nation’s construction programme
  • Focus on regional investment in construction to rebalance the UK economy.

The CIOB’s Building the Case for Construction manifesto can be downloaded here.

Want to find out more about how to get involved? Our final part of our  Building the Case for Construction guide can be access here.