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NO TURNING BACK ON TOUGH MEASURES CLEARVIEW COMMENT


The economic forecasts for Britain’s recovery have been downgraded, but the Government has said there will be no turning back from its policy on deficit reduction. Chancellor George Osborne maintains that his recovery plan includes “tough measures for tough times.”


It took us a long time to get into this mess so it


follows that there is no quick fix. Rising inflation and the prospect of public strikes this winter are clearly of great concern. Meanwhile, AMA’s latest report shows “muted” growth for the sector and leading construction sector organisations are urging a reduction in VAT to stimulate business.


House prices have continued to fall but the property market is considerably more stable now than it has been, and looks likely to remain relatively so for the rest of this year, according to recent reports. This means that home owners are less likely to move and more likely to plan improvements - which is always good news for this industry. Given rising energy/heating costs, more people who are staying put are being urged to invest in tried and tested energy saving


systems such as draught-proofing, insulation of all types and more efficient heating. Solar photovoltaic panels are gradually gaining ground with some home owners, and along with triple glazing, this is a market that is worth watching - but it is still early days for us in those areas. As our Diary Dates show, major home events are coming up and they will hopefully bring some benefits to the industry.


The GGF and FENSA have wisely issued


a warning to anyone trying to take unfair advantage of the Green Deal due in 2012 – which could potentially undermine the hard work they are doing to make the best use of the initiative on behalf of the whole industry.


‘Given rising energy/heating costs, more people who are staying put are being urged to invest in tried and tested energy saving systems.’


It is always difficult to make accurate


projections, especially in such uncertain times. According to the annual report from D&G Consulting on the PVCu industry, the next few years are going to be tough ones. So no surprise there then. Inevitably, there will be casualties. But this is a major industry representing substantial investment. It is strong enough to take a lot of knocks, as are the people working in it.


It is heartening to see that the GGF’s annual


report reflects optimism and confidence in the future, despite many of the problems that beset us.


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