Government must consult on a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies

Posted On: 
14th October 2019

Following the Queen's Speech, the Government must go further still and publicly consult on a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies, says FMB. 

Responding to the Queen's Speech, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said:

“The Queen’s announcement that the Government will bring forward new rigorous laws forcing compliance with building safety standards is an important and essential step in improving safety and confidence in our built environment.

"After the Grenfell fire tragedy it’s essential that we raise the bar in construction.

"However, the Government must go further still and publicly consult on a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies.

"This would serve to remove from the industry any firm that ignores health and safety procedure and risks safety in and around the built environment.

"Licensing would also remove rogue traders that bring the image of builders into disrepute, whether they are operating in the private domestic sector or in the supply chain on a large commercial site.

"We now await further details on this bill and whether it will have the teeth it needs to improve thbe construction sector.”