CTI News & Events

Timber can help the UK fix its housing crisis but more investments are needed

Last month Iain McIlwee, CTI Director and CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), was asked to attend a small round table event focussed on the build-out rate for housing hosted by Sir Oliver Letwin MP. 

At Budget, government announced its intention to set up an independent review to look into the gap between completions and the number of homes allocated or permissioned. This panel is being chaired by Sir Oliver Letwin. 

The Review aims to:

  • explain the significant gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated or permissioned in areas of high housing demand and make recommendations for closing it. 
  • identify the principal causes of the gap
  • identify practical steps that could increase the speed of build out. These steps should support an increase in housing supply consistent with a stable housing market in the short term and so that over the long-term, house prices rise slower than earnings. 
  • provide an interim report to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in time for Spring Statement 2018 and a full report for Budget 2018

As part of his review, Sir Oliver invited key representatives of the building products sector, the relationship between building product manufacturers and housebuilders, and capacity in the sector.

The meeting touched several issues affecting the Timber Supply Chains. Key points included:

  • The timber frame industry could scale up capacity of existing factories. More investment is going into UK forestry.
  • Brexit could be an issue for timber imports, although more investment is going into UK forestry.
  • Brexit could affect imported materials. If no mutually beneficial UK-EU customs’ agreement is struck, British businesses face paying 20% extra upfront as VAT on imports like timber & bricks. This has immediate implications for operating costs and cashflow for importers, merchants & manufacturers.

Commenting after the meeting, Iain McIlwee stated: "I thought it was an encouraging meeting, firstly it reinforced Government remain committed to building housing supply to 300,000 units per year. " 

"There was real consistency in the views of the supply chain too, in that any capacity issues are speed bumps rather than barriers. Product supply will never be a barrier to growth as long as the process is tidied to ensure consent and commitment are linked, procurement practices are improved and manufacturers are given confidence to invest." 

"We also need to guarantee that more is done by private and public sectors to ensure that investing in quality won’t be undermined by value engineering without regard for the whole life cost of the project."

    A brief summary of the meeting is available on the BWF website.

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/timber-can-help-uk-fix-its-housing-crisis-more-investments-are-needed]

    Environment Minister to “make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect” after Brexit

    The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has welcomed a pledge from Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP to “make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect” after Brexit.

    The Environment Minister made the commitment at the Timber Industries’ Parliamentary Reception, which took place in the House of Commons last week. The CTI has led the campaign to ensure that EU timber regulations, which have enabled the British timber industry to thrive in recent years, are incorporated into domestic law after the UK leaves the European Union in 2019.

    The CTI and its members have been proud to support the Government in its implementation of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative. These EU regulations prohibit the selling of illegally logged timber in the EU, including within the UK. This legislation has helped the British industry to grow and to be a world leader in the sustainable trade of timber.

    Speaking at the CTI reception, Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP said: “When we leave the EU, the Withdrawal Bill will make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect in UK law.

    “This means bringing into UK law two regulations that the UK timber sector played a great role in shaping: the European Union Timber Regulation and the Forest Law Environment Governance and Trade Regulation. I want to thank your industry for your continued commitment to a responsible and sustainable trade in timber.”

    Responding to her comments, David Hopkins, Director of the CTI said: “I welcome the Minister’s assurance that the Government will ensure that both the EUTR and FLEGT will continue to operate in the UK after Brexit. The timber industries have worked closely with the Government to lead the development of these EU regulations, which have enabled the UK to become a global champion for responsibly-sourced timber.

    “Incorporating the principles underpinning the EUTR and FLEGT into domestic law will enable the UK timber industries to continue to flourish.”

    The Parliamentary Reception also represented an excellent opportunity for UK Timber Industry stakeholders and MPs from all sides to gather and engage in a productive debate about the future of the Sector.

    On that note, CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE said: “The attendance at the CTI Parliamentary Reception was outstanding for a cold wintery night and there was no doubt about its worth to all that were there.”

    “Our commitment to interact with many different MPs of all persuasions was accomplished and we were grateful for all the additional support that the Industry attendance gave us. It was truly a night of Trust all round and a positive thrust forward for our mission.”

    The complete speech by Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP can be found here.

    View the photo gallery of the event here.

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/environment-minister-%E2%80%9Cmake-sure-whole-body-european-environmental-law-continues-have-effect%E2%80%9D]

    CTI and Timber Industries APPG to host Parliamentary Reception on 7th February 2018

    The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Timber Industries will be holding the first Timber Industries Parliamentary Reception of 2018 at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 7th February.

    This year’s reception will be hosted by Ian Paisley MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries, while the guest speaker will be Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment. 

    Representatives from across the UK’s timber industries will be also be attending, and the event will be an opportunity to learn more about the contribution which the timber industries make to the UK economy. 

    For more information and reservation, please contact us at [email protected]

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/first-timber-industries-parliamentary-reception-2018-be-held-7th-february]

    CTI responds to Government's Clean Growth Strategy remarking the contribution of Timber Industry to low-carbon economy

    The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has recently produced a brief response to the Clean Growth Strategy policy paper released by the UK Government last Autumn.

    The CTI's response highlights the benefits that the UK Timber Industry can bring to a new, long-lasting, low-carbon economy model.

    In fact, Timber has an established supply chain with huge potential for rapid growth, helping the UK meet employment, economic and housing targets, whilst also delivering against low-carbon and climate change objectives:

    • Timber is one of the safest and cheapest forms of carbon capture and storage available
    • The UK timber industry employs 150,000 people in the manufacturing and supply chain and an additional 200,000 UK construction jobs (and a third of construction apprenticeships) are in wood related trades
    • The forestry and timber industry is a key part of our environmental and industrial heritage and a vital part of our low-carbon future
    • Timber products have the lowest embodied carbon of any mainstream building material
    • Timber product manufacturing has significant potential to reduce the Emissions Intensity Ratio (EIR)

    The response - freely downloadable here - is structured in 6 key areas providing useful data and insights on relevant themes such as timber in costruction, forestry, carbon storage, production processes and so on.

    For any comments or suggestions, please send an email to [email protected]

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-responds-governments-clean-growth-strategy-remarking-contribution-timber-industry-low]

    CTI releases its Winter 2017-18 Newsletter

    The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has released its Newsletter for Winter 2017-18.

    This interactive e-news collection - downloadable here - features some of the most recent activities and initiatives undertaken by the CTI along with news from the entire UK Timber Supply Chain.

    In this edition we have focused on four key-themes (Politics, Skills & Education, Housing and Sustainability) giving voice to four different Timber Industry leaders. 

    You will also find articles on:

    - Relaunch of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries

    - DEFRA recognises benefits of building homes with timber

    - CTI urges Government to restore confidence in the market and boost investments

    - Upcoming major Construction and Architecture events 

    .... and much more!

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-releases-its-winter-2017-18-newsletter]

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