25 July 2017

Government Responds to Farmer Review

The Government has issued its response to the Farmer Review, nine months after it was published in October 2016.

Modernise or Die: The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model set out 10 recommendations which would support the construction industry to improve outputs, leadership, skills and innovation.

The Government response to Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, Chair of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which commissioned the Farmer Review, is signed by the Minister for Construction Lord Prior, Housing Minister Alok Sharma and Skills Minister Anne Milton, and follows on from their support of a reformed CITB.

The response includes confirmation that the CLC should:

“have strategic oversight of the agenda set out in Modernise or Die.” It should create working groups on skills, business models and innovation which work in collaboration with other industry groups and CITB
• Consider how it will support a reformed CITB and “inform the industry’s thinking about the consensus process.” The response acknowledges the high cost which the closure of CITB would have for industry, and stresses that further detail on its expectations for CITB would be published in its full ITB Review in October
• Focus on developing models which would build long-term client/ commissioning collaborative relationships, including how technology and innovation could be used to enhance project outcomes.

Government agrees to:

• Set out a clear response to the ITB Review in October 2017
• Where possible, use its convening powers to aggregate demand from clients and drive innovation
• Drive the adoption of BIM through procurement practices
• Work in partnership with CLC to develop common metrics which could be used in an industry dashboard on innovation
• Work with the financial sector to ensure that mortgages and other lending are available for tested construction methods
• Work with local offsite firms to provide access to growth funding and local communities to provide more job opportunities and build local housing more quickly
• Commit to making infrastructure pipeline data readily available to industry.

At the CLC Industry Leadership Event on 11 July, Andrew Wolstenholme confirmed that it would be presenting Government with an industry response to the Industrial Strategy green paper in mid-September. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.