Trade body ACE is urging its 800 member firms to contact their local MPs and has also written to the construction minister at the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Ian Pearson MP.
Nelson Ogunshakin, ACEвЂ™s chief executive, said: "ItвЂ™s important weвЂ™re clear - ACE is not in the frame of mind to stir up or cause trouble - but the consultancy and engineering sector is in great need of the injection of finances it has been promised. For every day that passes, another project gets delayed or more redundancies are announced. ItвЂ™s time to stop the rotвЂќ.
ACEвЂ™s letter highlights the fact that construction contributes around ВЈ100bn to the UK economy annually and points out that construction activity contracted by 20 per cent during the last quarter of 2008.ADVERTISEMENT
ACE has called on the government to:
вЂў Use its influence over banks to ensure private investment in construction resumes;
вЂў Quickly implement necessary reforms to prevent waste and duplication in public procurement in light of the difficulties of the Learning and Skills Council, M60 PFI and the Building Schools for the Future programme, which is two years behind schedule;
вЂў Commit to underwriting capital projects;
вЂў Put in place reforms to planning procedures;
вЂў Ensure delivery agencies carry through their investment programmes.
Ogunshakin said: "There is no getting away from the fact that some tough questions are being asked of ACE members and consultancy and engineering in general in this current economic climate. ACE sees it as part of its role to work as hard as it can to find the answers to these questions, and the government has to show that it is receptive to any progressive steps to improve the sectorвЂ™s and the economyвЂ™s chances of a quick recovery".
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