Former participant on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, MP Nadine Dorries, recently visited the Consumer Protection Association to discuss various issues affecting the home improvement industry and national economy.
The MP for Mid-Bedfordshire spent the afternoon with directors at the organisation, which promotes best practice amongst tradesmen and the public, and talked about VAT on home improvement products, recent pension reforms and the state of the UK economy.
Discussing the UK economy, Nadine said that while
“the construction industry and economy does look positive going forward”, the country could expect two difficult years before real growth returns, regardless of which party wins the forthcoming general election.
The impact recent pension reforms will have on consumer spending was also debated, with Nadine saying:
“Government has enacted the pension reforms to kick start the home improvement industry because where do British people spend their money – on their homes and the change to pension annuities, we hope, will see spending on home improvements increase as people will invest in new conservatories, windows and doors.”
The visit also doubled up as a celebration of the CPA’s twenty one years in business and Nadine praised the organisation’s work, commenting:
“You’ve not only worked to raise standards in your industry; but you’ve led the industry when it comes to protecting homeowners and helping home improvement companies grow their business; and I think you’ve been at the forefront of so much positive change in your industry. There is so much happening today in terms of support for businesses at all levels and the CPA is such a vital part of that.”