The latest government advice on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and updates from the construction industry. Please share with your own contacts. If you would like to subscribe, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CLC letter to Government
The CLC letter to the Prime Minister was sent following the Industry Task Force meeting, this morning. In summary, the letter asks the Government to enact the following measures:
Suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty;
Defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis;
Government to advise all public sector clients, regulated utilities, and firms in the private sector to expedite cash flow throughout the supply chain;
Support the directors of micro-businesses, who currently fall between the support provided by the Job Retention Scheme and assistance for the self-employed;
Direct all Government bodies to release all retention monies, which are estimated to total £4.5 billion across the supply chain; and
Extend the £25k SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector.
The Construction Leadership Council has released a guidance note on employment schemes. It has been led by Hannah Vickers, CEO of ACE and a member of the BEIS/CLC Industry Task Force.
The note gives up-to-date employment advice and includes a comprehensive FAQs list on construction specific queries. Please click here to see the CLC guidance note.
CITB refreshes Skills & Training Fund to support firms hit by COVID-19
As the impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry becomes ever more apparent, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is refreshing its Skills and Training Fund (STF) to provide more support for micro, small and medium sized businesses.
Since its launch by CITB in 2015, the STF has awarded over £21.6m to over 4,800 micro and small companies (under 100 employees), allowing them to access funding to provide training. Now CITB is increasing the amount of funding available and widening the scope of eligible training, so that companies with 100-250 employees are also eligible for funding.
Advice and information on how employees can look after their mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
ACE webinars: Navigating COVID-19
Procurement (02.04.20, 12.00pm): Sam Ulyatt and John Welch of Crown Commercial Service, part of the Cabinet Office explore the recent procurement policy notices and what they mean for the construction sector. Alasdair Reisner of CECA joins to explore how contractors can support the supply chain during the crisis.
People in a Pandemic (07.04.20, 12.00pm): Exploring the HR and people issues raised by the crisis such as remote working, staff morale and more. Panellists TBA soon.
Communicating in a Crisis (09.04.20, 1.30pm): With special guest Andy Walker, editor of Infrastructure Intelligence, we will explore the steps you need to take to communicate effectively externally, internally and with stakeholders and clients. Stuart Young, BEIS joins us to help answer any questions.
COVID-19 Construction Industry Taskforce
An industry Task Force has been set up to work 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 email@example.com