CITB suspends levy payments

CITB suspends levy payments

The CITB has suspended the issue of its levy bills, due for payment in 2020, for an initial period of three months. The bills will subsequently be issued for the full year. The delay will provide immediate financial relief to construction employers during the coronavirus crisis, the CITB said In normal times CITB assesses and sends out levy bills each April...

Only emergency construction work should continue, says FMB

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Only emergency and critical construction work should be allowed to continue and help extended to SME building firms and the self-employed in order to protect the health and livelihoods of the industry’s workforce, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). New research conducted by the federation has found that: More than half (60%) of builders have already ceased between 76% and...

Industry leaders issue construction site operating procedures

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As work continues on some UK construction sites during the Coronavirus pandemic the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published a Site Operating Procedures paper. There are currently no specific procedures for the scaffolding industry to implement the government's social distancing requirements while on construction sites. But with support from Build UK, the CLC has written guidance on Site Operating Procedures...

UK on lockdown but construction sites stay open

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Boris Johnson has announced a nationwide lockdown to try and slow down the spread of Coronavirus, but construction sites are to stay open...for now. Johnson addressed the nation last night ordering people to stay at home and told nonessential shop owners to immediately close their stores. He said people will only be allowed to leave their homes for a handful of...

Government must extend wage support for self-employed as layoffs look likely

Government must extend wage support for self-employed as layoffs look likely

Unions are urging the government to extend its Coronavirus wage support scheme to help the millions of self-employed construction workers. On Friday the Chancellor announced the government would pay up to 80% of employees wages to help firms avoid laying off its staff, however, self-employed workers are not eligible to the support lifeline. There is a growing concern within the industry...

Leading industry trade bodies issue Coronavirus Briefing

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Introduction This short briefing has been prepared on behalf of the UK construction sector to brief companies and individuals on the ongoing repercussions of the Covid-19 coronavirus for our sector. Government Advice  The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has updated its guidance for employers, employees and businesses during the pandemic – to read it, click here. Covid-19: Cross-Industry Response The Association for Consultancy...

CITB close all Construction Colleges

CITB National Construction College

The CITB has closed down all its National Construction Colleges with immediate effect in a coronavirus precaution The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced its National Construction Colleges (NCCs) in Norfolk, Kent, the Midlands and Inchinnan will close on Friday 20 March, with training cancelled with immediate effect to enable arrangements for learners to return home. CITB has said its...

Industry experts warn of imminent construction site closures

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Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) have said the UK construction industry is set to become 'dramatically and severely affected' from Coronavirus. In a joint statement released today, the two organizations warned the situation had 'accelerated' over the weekend. They warned that construction sites across the country will have to close if the UK government chooses to put...

CITB launches new campaign to help get more young people on the tools

With 168,500 construction job opportunities being created by 2023, CITB has launched a new campaign to help change young people's minds about construction. The industry needs to change the hearts and minds of under-25s to address the skills shortage, as 71% of them are currently turned off by construction jobs according to CITB research. So, Future Made is a new campaign to change...

Budget 2020: Chancellor Backs Businesses

Chancellor Rish Sunak has announced a £30bn spending package to help mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus on businesses. The new Chancellor outlined his £30bn response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Westminster yesterday. £7bn is directly available to small and medium-sized businesses. The response comes as Sunak warned that up to 20% of workers could be off work at any one...