With devolution firmly in place, the National Federation of Builders (NFB) believes that the party manifestos for Wales are important markers for change.
As small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), NFB members are vital to the economic wellbeing of Wales, but they have struggled due to burdensome regulation, restricted access to finance, and a predominant focus on major cities.
For all Welsh developers, the planning system – which operates with similar inefficiency across the English border – has not yet been modernised and is a major barrier to investment in housing and infrastructure. Public procurement continues to stifle SME participation, access to finance remains unequal across regions, and the skills crisis keeps getting worse..
Having analysed the manifestos for Wales, the NFB has published a brief round-up of the policy pledges by the main parties vying for parliamentary seats in Wales: the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, and Plaid Cymru.
Guy Leach, chair of NFB Cymru, said:
“Labour and Plaid Cymru have focused distinctively on the priorities and concerns affecting the Welsh construction industry, especially when it comes to infrastructure and housing. We cannot say the same for the Conservatives, whose Welsh manifesto looks more like a simplistic transposition of wider national commitments without the same emphasis on issues specifically affecting Wales.