Dodgy builders targeted by new licensing plan for Britain's construction trade

A new licensing group is being set up to improve the building trade. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A new licensing group is being set up to improve the building trade. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
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A NEW licensing scheme is being implemented to drive up quality in the construction industry.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has set up the construction licensing task force.

It comes amid growing fears about the quality of the building trade.

In a recent study, almost one third of homeowners said they were putting off major home improvement work because they feared hiring a ‘dodgy builder’.

While more than half – 55 per cent – who had building work commissioned said they had a ‘negative experience' with their builder.

Liz Peace, chairman of the new task force, said the licensing scheme had the backing of at least 30 top industry organisations.

She added the move would help the construction trade to flourish and would build stronger trust among the public.

Mrs Peace said: ‘Mandatory licensing has the potential to transform our industry into a world-leading sector.

‘Licensing will help drive up standards and help address the issue of quality and professionalism, which is some areas, is falling short.’