Homes for Scotland request a phased return to work

A letter has been sent to Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon from the trade body, Homes for Scotland (HFS) that any return to work is phased.

HFS said that by allowing a phased return, it would allow them to complete 6,000 homes, worth approximately £1bn to the Scottish economy.

Scotland's non-essential construction projects have been in lockdown since March and at least 2 companies, including Central Building Contractors - £36m turnover company, have gone into administration.

HFS chief executive Nicola Barclay said: “As we see the first sets of figures being released about the financial impact of the lockdown, we can be sure that the full impact is still to be felt.

“Our industry contributes significantly to Scotland’s social and economic wellbeing and we are ready and willing to reopen safely with additional measures in place to help protect our employees and customers, while also supporting the struggling economy. Our board is now asking for the first minister’s backing to allow us to do so.”

The letter suggests that as a first step, the body is allowed to complete any work required on the near-finished 6,000 homes so they can be brought to market. They also ask that they be given clarity from the first minister on the framework and timscales that would allow a phased return to sites.

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