BRITAIN’S construction industry was at its weakest for four years in the three months since June, official statistics showed yesterday.
Construction workers’ leaders called for government investment to stop the rot.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed construction output falling by 1.1 per cent, compared with a 0.1 per cent dip in the previous quarter.
The slump was largely caused by a 3.6 per cent drop in repair and maintenance work.
ONS statistician Kate Davies said: “Construction fell overall in the third quarter, with small rises in infrastructure and public building work offset by large falls in repairs.
“Construction output has remained broadly flat in the last year, both before and after the recent referendum.”
Brian Rye, acting general secretary of construction union Ucatt, said: “This is further gloomy news for construction, which is being damaged by the Brexit chaos. The government need to be rebuilding confidence by ensuring increased investment in infrastructure and social housing projects.”