The UK Government has published a step-by-step guide to the use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which opened yesterday (Monday). The guide can be found here.
The Welsh Government announced online training courses for furloughed workers to be delivered partly in conjunction with Open University on their Working Wales website.
The Scottish Government 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.
An issue has emerged in relation to the availability of bonds needed by contractors to provide security in the event of non-performance. There are suggestions that the current crisis may be making it harder for contractors to secure bonding facilities. If you have experienced any such concerns recently, please contact CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is carrying out research on the issue.
Industry feedback – Government support
The Construction Industry Coronavirus Task Force has prepared a short survey to anonymously capture feedback on use and experiences of business trying to access support provided by HMG. Please take two minutes to fill out here
Industry feedback – employment
As part of our work to respond to the current crisis, we are keen to understand the latest information on levels of activity and employment in the industry. To support this work, please can you take 2 minutes to fill out the following survey
The Briefing has been prepared in collaboration between the industry’s leading trade and representative bodies: Association for Consultancy & Engineering, Builders Merchant Federation, Build UK, Chartered Institute of Building, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Construction Industry Council, Construction Plant-hire Association, Construction Products Association, Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), Federation of Master Builders, National Federation of Builders, and Institution of Civil Engineers. We are grateful to Building, Construction Enquirer, Construction Manager, Construction News, Highways, Infrastructure Intelligence, and New Civil Engineer for support in distribution to the wider industry.