CONSTRUCT support surrounding COVID-19

CONSTRUCT support surrounding COVID-19
The impact of the Coronavirus or COVID‐19 has accelerated significantly, with the Prime Minister asking everyone to avoid non‐essential contact with others and unnecessary travel. We know that actions so far and the potential for a 'lockdown' are causing serious concern for every member, and across the whole of the construction industry.

Build UK members are reporting that the majority of their sites are operating, and that they will continue to do so unless they are told to otherwise.

During this period, CONSTRUCT wants to ensure that the information we provide is consistent across the construction industry, so through our membership of Build UK, we will work with them, the CLCCITBCECA and FMB, so that we will share all information and use our resources effectively to avoid duplication.

A letter has been sent to the government, signed by all parties calling for additional support for the industry, including:

  • Ensures all construction sites across the UK are able to remain open, as long as they are able to do so responsibly.
  • Instruct all public sector construction clients to continue to pay their contractors and supply chain.
  • Consider implementing financial measures, such as the deferral of  VAT & PAYE payments, that will reduce the burden on business and keep cash moving as long as possible.

You can read the full letter here.

CONSTRUCT are also making approaches Awarding Organisations, CPCS and CSCS about further flexibility in the renewal and new application of cards and qualifications, to ensure that operatives can continue to work in the light of training and assessments being suspended during this any ‘lockdown’.

CSCS has released information the steps they are taking during this period, including requesting leniency of access on site where they have not been able to sit the HS&E Test, and they have extended the grace period for renewal from 6 to 12 months.

CONSTRUCT members do have access to expert advice as part of their membership, including:

  • Health & Safety
  • Training 
  • Contractual and Legal
  • Employment & HR
  • Credit Checks

Members have been provided with the relevant contact information via email to access these services, or please contact us on 0844 249 1355 or email if you need assistance

Like many of our members, CONSTRUCT’s office based staff will now be working from home and all external meetings and engagements are being rearranged.

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