There are around 150,000 unemployed construction workers, potentially costing the economy £2.1 billion a year in benefits and lost tax revenue, a report has said.
In 2012, 60,000 people lost their jobs, with the demand for construction work falling:
- 20% downturn in public sector housing contracts
- 5% fall in the private housing sector
- 15% cut in road and other infrastructure construction
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Downpours keeping us on our toes today
The M20 in Kent has been closed in both directions after a pedestrian bridge allegedly collapsed on the motorway on Saturday.
The AA have warned of traffic jams and urged people to carry extra water in their vehicles because of the warm weather.