The corporate house builder Persimmon plc recently announced huge bonuses for its executives. While the government’s policy of “Help To Buy” has undoubtedly helped to create these vulgar bonuses, the construction methods used by Persimmon and other corporate builders have allowed them to capitalise on this windfall.
The Tories are pushing for a corporate takeover of the construction industry. The ‘Farmer Review’, completely pulls the rug out from small-builders and sub-contractors that have been working in the industry for more than 35 years. If the Construction Leadership Council has its way, traditional builds will be destroyed and replaced with off-site manufacturing that will collapse during the next recession, putting generations of skilled labourers out of work and onto the breadline.