Carwyn Jones 'failing construction industry'

Carwyn Jones’ Labour Government came under fire today for failing to support the Welsh construction industry.


In First Minister’s Questions, the Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies AM, challenged the Government over its record of inaction.


It follows criticism from the Director of CBI Wales that"the construction industry across the UK is finding it tough but here in Wales undoubtedly it is even worse. One of the key reasons is that we haven't seen those pump-priming mechanisms we have seen at the UK level.”


The Opposition Leader accused the Welsh Government of inaction and a lack of creativity and innovation after its recent shelving of its NewBuy Cymru scheme.


Andrew RT Davies said: “The CBI, which represents the views of many key players in the Welsh economy, has identified a number of failings by the Welsh Government, which are leaving the Welsh construction industry in limbo.


“The Welsh Government’s lazy approach stands in contrast to many proactive measures taken in other parts of the UK.


“It is plainly evident from employers and housebuilders that the Welsh Government is not helping the construction industry and that any growth in the sector is purely down to the hardwork and dedication of building firms.


“It is worrying that the First Minister can be so complacently dismissive of the concerns of a major economic voice, such as the CBI, at a time when nurturing growth should be at the top of his government’s agenda.


“Carwyn Jones’ lazy Labour Government has failed to support the Welsh construction industry and is holding back the creation of jobs and expansion in house building.


“Instead of delivering more homes, jobs and growth, all we have from Labour are shelved schemes, red tape and greater uncertainty for the people of Wales.”