MICHAEL Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East, has called on the Government to do more to help the construction industry after a Wombwell steelwork fabrication company, JGP Engineering, went into administration.
Up to 18 people lost their jobs with the company that was based at Mitchells Industrial Park, and supplied balconies to contractors, including Bam Construct, GB Building Solutions and Inspace.
Mr Dugher blamed the company collapse on there being no growth in the UK economy over the last nine months.
Recent figures, released in the Construction Output Statistics report, showed a decrease of £200m in spending on private housing repair and maintenance, a fall of 7.8 per cent over the last quarter. Construction output has also fallen by 4.1 per cent over the past year with construction work paid for by private sector industries dropping by 24.9 per cent in the last quarter.
Mr Dugher said: “The news that JGP Engineering had gone into administration was a real blow for Wombwell and for Barnsley.
“To help our construction sector, and local businesses like JGP engineering, the Government must bring forward long-term investment projects, enact a one year VAT cut to five per cent on home improvements and repeat the bankers’ bonus tax to build 25,000 new homes.
“These are steps which Ministers could take now to get our economy growing again and give an immediate confidence boost to our local construction sector in Barnsley.”