Latest government advice and industry updates – Issue 13
CIC Coronavirus Digest 23/04/20 – Issue 13
The latest government advice on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and updates from the construction industry.
CIC launches Low Value Disputes Model Adjudication Procedure The Construction Industry Council will be launching its Low Value Disputes Model Adjudication Procedure (CIC LVD MAP) on 1st May 2020 via a webinar at 2pm.
The webinar will feature presentations by Rt Hon Nick Raynsford Chairman of CICAIR, Niall Lawless Chair of the CIC ADR Management Board and Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director for Construction, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Please click here to find out more and register
Guidance for on-site construction sites Langley, supported by CIC, has produced a short video that demonstrates safe and responsible guidance for workers on construction sites operating during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, to ensure the protection of the workforce and minimise the risk of spread of infection.
This guidance advises how consistent measures on sites, of all sizes, can be responsibly and safely undertaken with adherence to the Government’s recommendations on social distancing.
To help ensure the safe operation on site within the construction industry , it has worked to develop site operating procedures, published by the Construction Leadership Council.
Business Support Checker Tool A new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.
The new online platform on gov.uk asks business owners and the self-employed to fill out a quick and simple online questionnaire. They will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for. You can find out more about the tool here.
Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeThe UK Government has published a step-by-step guide to the use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which opened on Monday. The guide can be found here.
The Scottish Government has announced a second package of business support including:
• £120m to extend the Small Business Grant scheme to ensure that, in addition to a 100% grant on the first property, small business ratepayers will be eligible to a 75% grant on all subsequent properties.
• A further £100m fund is also being made available to protect self-employed people and viable micro and SME businesses in distress due to COVID.
• This fund will be channelled through local authorities and enterprise agencies to target newly self-employed people and businesses who are ineligible for other Scottish Government or UK Government schemes.
Applications for the £100 million fund will be open by the end of the month and the new arrangements for the Small Business Grant will be in place to receive applications on 5 May.
CIC webinars Registration is now open for the next webinar in CIC’s series Construction in the Age of Covid-19.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Through the Age of Coronavirus (Monday, 27 April at 2pm)Acclaimed construction coach, Maria Coulter BEM, chair of the CIC Diversity and Inclusion Panel, will lead a webinar on the vital topic of mental health and wellbeing.
To register in advance for this webinar please click here.
ACE annouces second series of coronavirus webinars
Maximising motivation while in lockdown(Wednesday 22 April, 12.00pm)
Performance Psychologist Dr Andrew Dewar of WSP and Georgia Hughes of Arcadis and chair of ACE’s Emerging Professionals join us to discuss how you can make the most of your time whilst working at home. They’ll share practical tips and advice to help boost productivity which will apply to any role and at any level.Business Loans and finance(Wednesday 29 April 2020, 12.00pm)
ACE Advisory Board member, former banker, and special advisor to the Chancellor Alistair Darling, Geoffrey Spence joins Hannah Vickers to discuss the new financial support made available to businesses, as well as some traditional finance options.Improving cashflow through tax credits(Wednesday 6 May, 12.00pm)
Mark Smith, Innovation Incentives Partner of ACE affiliate Ayming joins us to discuss how R&D tax credits can release the hidden cash trapped in your working capital, helping your business through the weeks and months ahead.
What does recovery look like?(Tuesday 12 May, 12.00pm)
Andy Mitchell, chief executive of Tideway and chair of the Construction Leadership Council and Alasdair Reisner, chief executive of CECA join Hannah Vickers to discuss what a future recovery looks like for our industry, Government and society.
Survey to canvas opinion about the issues our industry faces at the end of lock-down We want to canvass the opinion of our members to see what they feel are likely to be the biggest issues following the end of the Coronavirus lockdown. Once the economy is turned back on again, some people fear that there may be a number of issues, that delay or at least hamper a quick return to productivity.
It will only take around 2 mins to complete.Please share this survey among your own networks so that we can get the widest spectrum of engagement and achieve useful results to feed in to the Construction Leadership Council’s work.
Support the fight against coronavirus
The Construction Leadership Council is in touch with NHS London Hospitals Trust to help the NHS with urgently needed PPE. A summary of the equipment required is as follows:
FFP3 Respirator Masks
Full Face Visors (disposable)
Full Face Visors (reusable)
Full Body (Hazardous Material) Suits
If you are able to provide some of these essential pieces of equipment, please get in touch with Graham Watts (email@example.com).
COVID-19 CLC Taskforce
The Industry Task Force is working with BEIS and Government ‘to protect the current and future of the construction industry.’ Any members or recipients with information, data and/or ideas that may be helpful to the work of this task force please contact the CIC Chief Executive on firstname.lastname@example.org .