CEF Election Manifesto

The Construction Employers Federation published its Manifesto for the 2022 NI Assembly Election in January. As we move towards May’s Assembly Election in the context of the need for a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic which helps stimulate and grow the local construction sector, we have laid out the sector’s key asks of the next Executive.

The CEF Manifesto can be read here. 

At a high level this must include:

  • Greater consistency in procurement practice across the public sector accompanied by the establishment of a Procurement Review Service which seeks to avoid costly and time-consuming legal challenges
  • Agreement of a multi-year capital budget that delivers key projects such as the remaining Executive Flagships, the York Street Interchange and the A1 Junctions as well as an absolute commitment to funding NI Water’s infrastructure programme over the coming decade
  • The establishment of an independent Infrastructure Commission as well as delivering fundamental reforms to the governance and financing structure of the Housing Executive and NI Water
  • Substantive changes, by way of a new Planning Act, to our two-tier planning system which seek to drastically speed up decision making processes
  • Set an ambitious target of completing a minimum of 9,500 new homes for each of the next 15 years in order to meet our housing need
  • A significant package of measures to enable the drive to net zero that must include a funded and ambitious housing retrofit strategy

CEF Managing Director Mark Spence said:

“We believe that the delivery of this ambitious agenda can help underpin our sector’s recovery from both the challenges of the pandemic and the unprecedented nature of the materials shortages and price increases of the last 18 months. 

“The next Executive must take significant steps, many of which require fundamental reform of existing structures, to build confidence in the industry and ensure that the construction sector can play its part in meeting the challenges that our society faces. 

“Crucially, whoever makes up the next Executive must ensure that the coming mandate has political stability at its core. Since the restoration of devolution in 2007, we have been plagued by 15 years of stop-start, largely ineffectual government which has ducked many of the systemic issues that repeatedly present themselves. The next Executive cannot be a repeat of what has gone before”.