Kevin Keenan calls for more work for Dundee's construction industry

3 August 2012

Kevin Keenan, Labour group leader on Dundee City Council, is calling for more measures to stimulate the construction industry in Dundee, as official figures reveal that there are 300 building trade  crafts workers in the city, the same figures as this time last year.

Councillor Keenan said,

 “In June , there were 300 building trade  crafts workers in Dundee unemployed - the same figure as June of last year.

“There has been no change.

 “Output in the construction industry fell by almost 7 per cent over the last quarter.

 “Both UK and Scottish Governments must take action to stimulate the  local economy.

 “June’s unemployment figures for Dundee were the highest for the past 14 years.

“The UK Government must ensure that banks lend money to provide essential investment for small businesses, and there needs to be a cut in VAT to help kick start the revival,

“The Scottish Government’s flagship Scottish Futures Trust delivers cash for replacement schools

“Dundee City Council already has a number of projects ready to go, 

“Take Harris Academy, for example, with its funding that was promised a long time ago.

“Let’s get projects started to assist the construction industry in Dundee.  

“The construction industry plays a significant role in  local industry.

“The Federation of Master Builders say that for ever £1 invested in construction, £2.84 p is generated in the local economy.”

Dundee building trade crafts in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance  - June 2012  
Electricians, electrical fitters 25
Steel erectors 0
Bricklayers, masons 25
Roofers, roof tilers and slaters 15
Plumbers, heating and ventilating engineers 40
Carpenters and joiners 95
Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters 5
Plasterers 15
Floorers and wall tilers 20
Painters and decorators 60
Total 300


Source  : Office of National Statistics

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