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Get Scotland Building - a 10 point plan to revitalise the building industry

We feel that current proposals to deal with this desperate situation do not go far enough in tackling the real problems affecting the Scottish construction industry. As such, the Get Scotland Building Coalition has drawn up a 10 point plan to rescue the industry and in so doing preserve the jobs, businesses and skills that are so essential to creating and maintaining our built environment.

The 10 points

1. Calls on the UK Government to cut VAT from 20 per cent to five per cent for all building repair and maintenance work

2. Develop and implement a coherent strategy to deal with the UK’s existing housing stock, both in terms of helping to create more homes and making the UK’s existing stock more energy efficient

3. UK Government and the banks must ensure the swift return of responsible lending to prudent borrowers, coupled with the reintroduction of mortgage interest tax relief

4. Calls on the Scottish Government to set targets for all local authorities to fast track the planning process to release and designate land for social housing to ensure that sufficient land, in the right locations, is made available to facilitate the completion of 20,000 units of social housing by the end of 2010 in line with the recommendations of the Firm Foundations: The future of Housing in Scotland document

5. Calls on the Scottish Government to follow through on the reforms to the planning system announced in October 2008

6. Calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward as a matter of urgency details on how The Scottish Futures Trust will facilitate the construction of schools, hospitals and prisons

7. Calls on the Scottish Government to introduce a section 75 agreement holiday and then subsequently cap the value of section 75 agreements

8. Calls on the Scottish Government to observe its commitment to pay contractors within 10 working days and ensure, through contract terms, that contractors pay their subcontractors within the same timeframe

9. The UK Government must reform stamp duty so that it is only applied to the proportion of the value of the house which is in excess of the taxation threshold

10. The UK Government must reintroduce empty property rate relief