Nearly one in three building companies expect their workload to fall this year (2010) and more than half have seen a reduction in the amount of private sector housing work in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest state of trade survey from the Federation of Master Builders.
Richard Diment, director general of the Federation of Master Builders said: "What is particularly alarming is the abrupt slowdown in the amount of public sector work with 51% of companies reporting lower workloads in the public sector compared to 31% just three months ago.
"What this shows is that cuts in local authority budgets are already hitting a hard pressed building industry and future prospects after the General Election do not look good.
"We are now in serious danger of repeating the mistakes of the last recession in the early 1990s when thousands of young people were denied the opportunity to learn a trade. The result was that the construction sector suffered a serious skills gap when it did emerge from the recession."
As the political parties geared up for the General Election, Federation of Master Builders wanted to hear what the political parties will do to support British builders. "A commitment to skills and training would be a start as would cutting the amount of growing regulation that small building companies have to cope with," Mr Diment said.
Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we are hoping that the building industry and the construction industry are soon on the road to repair after the harsh times of the economic downturn.