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CLC issues industry letter to PM

02 April 2020

The Construction Leadership Council has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The letter, which has been signed by the leaders of the members of the construction industry taskforce convened by the CLC, including ECA’s Steve Bratt, makes six significant requests for support during the current emergency.

 In summary, these requests are:  

  1. In addition to the new Job Retention Scheme, suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May by firms and workers, with no penalty, to help relieve cashflow challenges and give companies time to secure the support of Government measures;
  2. Defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments due. Whilst firms express their commitment to retaining apprentices, the current restrictions prevent many firms from effectively training apprentices;
  3. Regarding available flexibility in public procurement rules provided by PPN 02/20: (Supplier relief due to COVID-19), urge Ministers to encourage public sector clients, regulated utilities and private sector firms working on public infrastructure, to expedite cashflow through the supply chain;
  4. Provide additional support to the directors of micro-businesses;
  5. Retention release – a Government direction to public sector bodies to release all retention monies held would inject cash throughout the construction supply chain; and
  6. Extend the £25 SME business continuity grants scheme to the construction sector. 

The full letter to the PM can be read here.

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