'Get Britain building again!' Jenrick unveils construction plans in major housing move

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'Get Britain building again!' Jenrick unveils construction plans in major housing move

Robert Jenrick outlined new plans for the construction industry to get sites running and Britons back to work. The Housing Secretary explained start and finish times will be extended to 9pm, Monday to Saturday to make it easier for workers to observe social distancing rules. He also thanked Taylor Wimpey for taking a majority of its staff off the furlough scheme and said their home will offer a five percent discount to NHS staff and care workers.

Speaking at Downing Street, Mr Jenrick said: “I’m allowing sites to apply to extend their working hours with immediate effect to 9pm, Monday to Saturday in residential areas and beyond that, in non-residential areas.

“We’re setting our a very clear Government position that these applications should be approved by local councils unless there are very compelling reasons not to do so.

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“Varied start and finish times will make it much easier for sites to observe social distancing, take the pressure off public transport and keep Britain building.

“There are countless examples of the industry behaving responsibly and proactively during this pandemic.

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“I would like to thank today, Taylor Wimpey, who have now got construction safely underway on a majority of their sites and have started removing staff from the furlough scheme and getting back to work on full pay.

“They are offering a discount of five percent for NHS staff and care workers on new homes.

“A great way to recognise the contribution that our frontline heroes are making across the country.”

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