Report on the impact of long-term funding on the construction sector

18 June 2020

We've published a report that shows how long-term funding for affordable housing could unlock investment in skills and technology and increase productivity in the construction sector.

The research, conducted by CAST consultancy and Harlow consulting, looks at the possible causes of historically low productivity in the residential construction industry.

Housing market cycles and policy uncertainty have acted as a disincentive to investment, and productivity levels in construction lag well behind the rest of the economy and have done for decades.

This report shows how ten-year funding for affordable housing would provide the certainty for housing associations, developers and manufacturers to invest in skills and technology like modern methods of construction, which could dramatically increase productivity.