Industry body: 'Families will suffer'

The Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, the body which represents firms working on infrastructure around the UK, says cuts to capital spending projects have a big knock-on effect for construction jobs and, ultimately, families.

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Construction industry gloom

Construction output fell by 13% in 2012, according to the Construction Skills Network. It forecasts that there will be more than 20,000 fewer workers employed in the industry at the end of 2017, compared to the peak in 2007.