The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has written to the chief executive of the CITB, Sarah Beale, asking that CITB consider cancelling the 2020 levy, to help aid cash-flow in the construction industry.
Commenting in the letter, which was sent yesterday (Monday 6th April), Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “It is highly likely that many companies will not survive this crisis and it is therefore our collective duty to do everything possible to protect as many construction businesses as we can. I am grateful for the temporary suspension that the CITB has announced in respect of collection of the 2020 levy but we must now go a step further.”
The NFB represents small to medium-sized builders, contractors and house builders across England and Wales. As one of the UK’s longest standing trade bodies, it was created to represent the building profession and to help create the conditions for its members to thrive and contribute to the economic success of the UK. Its members range from the sole trader to large, multi-million pound construction companies, with turnover ranging from below £500,000 to £500m.
The NFB provides advice, training and business services to ensure members stay up to date and campaigns on the issues that affect the construction industry such as procurement, skills, sustainability and funding. It represents the industry at government and industry forums and is an active media commentator and policy influencer.