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Construction sector launches new mandatory licensing scheme

Construction sector launches new mandatory licensing scheme

1 July 2019 Email this article

The construction industry has come together to develop a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies to transform the sector into a high quality and professional industry.

A new Construction Licensing Task Force, supported by a range of leading industry bodies, will lead the development of the licensing scheme.

The launch of the task force follows a recommendation in an independent research report by Pye Tait published last year entitled ‘Licence to build: A pathway to licensing UK construction’, which details the benefits of introducing a licensing scheme for the whole construction industry and puts forward a proposal for how it could work.

The Task Force will be chaired by Liz Peace CBE, former CEO of the British Property Federation, and will be made up of organisations including the British Property Federation, Chartered Institute of Building and Which? Trusted Traders.

With one third of homeowners saying that they are put off doing major home improvement because of fears about hiring a ‘dodgy builder’, it is hoped that a licensing scheme could help to build public trust in the industry.

Liz Peace CBE, Chair of the Construction Licensing Task Force, said: “Mandatory licensing has the potential to transform our industry into a world-leading sector. Licensing will help drive up standards and help address the issue of quality and professionalism, which is some areas, is falling short. At the heart of what we’re trying to do is increase protection for the ordinary person who engages with the construction sector. Indeed, according to research by the FMB, one third of homeowners are so worried about having a bad experience with their builder, they are putting off commissioning construction work altogether. This could be costing the economy as much as £10 billion per year. Enough is enough and the industry itself recognises that.”