THE NEW BUSINESS minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, has written to everyone working in the UK’s construction sector repeating that all of the industry should remain open.
Appointed as the Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on 8 January, Kwasi Kwarteng says that his ministerial team are in regular contact with industry leaders about the risks, issues and challenges being faced by construction workers.
Kwasi Kwarteng has been replaced as Construction minister by Anne-Marie Trevelyan after less than one month since he was first appointed. Anne-Marie Treveyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, is the fifth construction minister in less than two years.
Construction supply chain
The letter says that the whole construction supply chain should remain open – “firms and tradespeople in the construction sector and its supply chain, including merchants, suppliers and product manufacturers, should continue to operate during this national lockdown”. The minister states that this includes construction operatives staying in overnight accommodation when necessary.
Describing the industry’s continuation as “vital”, the letter states that “you are making a major contribution to the economic recovery following COVID-19”.
It reiterates that everyone should be following guidance on working safely during the pandemic, including the Site Operating Procedures and government advice on working safely in other peoples’ homes.
The letter finishes by thanking all those operating in construction saying “You are making a hugely valued and critical contribution to our country”.