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Construction Leadership Council write letter to the Prime Minister
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Information published 01/04/2020
Please note the Construction Leadership Council has written a letter to the Prime Minister outlining their "plan to sustain the [construction] industry and accelerate recovery of the economy".
Although primarily intended for the general construction sector, much of it has relevance for fire safety/protection companies.
In this is states the CLC "have prepared a Minimum Essential Works List – which seeks to identify the sorts of works that need to be allowed to continue in almost any circumstances – for example critical works necessary to continue the safe provision of essential services, works critical to the efficient running or expansion of efforts in response to Covid-19 and works necessary to protect the safety of the public or assets. However, we will continue to try and sustain the highest possible level of activity on our sites whilst working within the PHE guidance."
Graham Watts OBE, Chief Executive - Construction Industry Council, provided a summary of the letter:
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.
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