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CPA to lobby government for wider adoption of 'British steel' policies

The Construction Products Association has called on the government to support for British-made construction materials, following new guidelines released for the steel industry.

Under guidelines drawn up earlier this month, public sector bodies including Network Rail and Highways England will be required to consider the social and economic impact on the UK before buying steel from abroad.

Now, the CPA has urged the government to adopt similar measures for other British-made products, with a spokesman confirming that the association would be asking for “essentially the same measures as for steel”.

CPA chairman John Sinfield said the trade body had held talks with government and the business, innovation and skills select committee over the proposal.

“It would be good to see the government taking a more holistic, value-driven view of the UK’s manufacturing base and seek measures to underpin all foundation industries,” he said.

These foundation industries would include materials such as bricks, cement and glass.

He added that measures to encourage the use of British materials would “help deliver the major infrastructure and construction projects the UK needs to increase its productivity”.

The association has also lobbied the government to allow firms to use apprenticeship levy vouchers to provide training for supply chain companies as well as directly employed staff.

Mr Sinfield said discussions with the government were “a work in progress”, but added that the change would be “an important measure for the industry to make best use of the new levy”.

Earlier this week, the CPA downgraded its forecasts for 2016, with 3 per cent output growth now expected this year, down from 3.6 per cent in its previous forecasts.




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