Marlyn Glen MSP

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Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland

Over 280 construction workers in Dundee seeking work as housing spending cut by half

22 December 2010

Marlyn Glen is highlighting with the Scottish Government the plight of over 280 construction trade workers in Dundee who are currently seeking work.

Official Scottish Government statistics show that the number of those looking for by occupation is :

Bricklayers and masons 35
Roofers, roof tilers and slaters 10
Plumbers, heating and ventilating engineers 50
Carpenters and joiners 100
Glaziers 5
Plasterers 5
Floorers and wall tilers 20
Painters and decorators 60

Her move occurs as an answer to her parliamentary question on spending on housing in Dundee by the Scottish Government shows an estimated fall of 50 per cent – over £6 million pounds this year compared with last year – in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme

The estimated £6 million spend this year (2010-11) is also less than half in real terms of what was spent in the city in 2006-07.

Ms. Glen commented,

“There is broad agreement across the construction industry of the critical need for the Scottish Government to prioritise investment in the building sector.

“Not only will this create jobs in construction but it will also encourage growth in other vital sectors of the local economy as well.”

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