The CPA is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 for its members and the wider construction industry closely. We are working closely with other construction trade bodies and our membership to formulate appropriate responses and developing policy positions aimed at protecting the industry. This page provides the most up to date information, advice and resources relevant to our members.
The latest developments this week (w/c 29 June 2020):
- The Prime Minister has announced a “New Deal” which delivers jobs, skills and infrastructure for Britain. At the centre of the government’s economic growth strategy is a commitment to 'Build Build Build'.
- New measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely have been announced by MHCLG. Planning permission deadlines will be extended, planning appeals will be sped up and builders will be allowed more flexible working hours following agreement with their local council. Find more information here.
- In light of the government’s announcement on the easing of lockdown from July 4, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has updated its Site Operating Procedures - version 5.
- The government has updated its guidance for businesses and developed a tool to help businesses in England to reopen safely during coronavirus. This tool encourages businesses to carry out a risk assessment and helps to identify the workplace adjustments that they should make. Employers have the legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site, such as customers and visitors. Employees can also use this tool to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.
- Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19): there have been temporary changes to VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 to help businesses manage their cash flow. The update includes information regarding the end of the VAT deferral period. Find more information here.
- The CBI has published a useful factsheet on travelling ‘safely’ from home, to work, and back again. This includes considerations for businesses as well as employees. Find out more information here.
- Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19): watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help businesses deal with the economic impacts of UK Government’s YouTube video about how to make a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claim has been updated. Find more information here.
- A new Procurement Policy Note, PPN 04/20 ‐ Recovery and Transition from COVID‐19, has been published. This extends the relief available to public sector suppliers under PPN 02/20 ‐ Supplier Relief due to COVID‐19 until 31 October 2020. PPN 04/20 applies to all contracting authorities, including central government departments, executive agencies, non‐departmental public bodies, local authorities, NHS bodies and the wider public sector.
- The Scottish Government has also issued a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note, SPPN 8/2020 ‐ Recovery and Transition from COVID‐19. It will come into effect on 1 July and is supplementary to SPPN 5/2020 ‐ Supplier Relief, which has been extended beyond its initial expiry date of 30 June although the new expiry date is not specified.
- The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will reform the insolvency and corporate governance framework in light of the COVID emergency. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has planned two webinars to explain different aspects of this new legislation.
- To find out how provisions on AGMs and filing extensions will affect companies, please join us for our Corporate Governance session at 10.30am on 30th June. You can register here.
- To find out how the new rules on moratoriums, restructuring and winding-up petitions will affect companies and their associated parties, register to join our Insolvency session at 10.30am on 7th July. You can register here.
- The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme allows employers with fewer than 250 employees to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus‐related statutory sick pay. The Government has published guidance on submitting a claim through its online service. Employers can claim for periods of sickness covering up to two weeks starting on or after:
- 13 March 2020 ‐ if their employee(s) had coronavirus or symptoms, or was self‐isolating because someone they live with had symptoms
- 16 April 2020 ‐ if their employee(s) was shielding because of coronavirus
- 28 May 2020 ‐ if their employee(s) has been notified by the NHS or public health bodies that they have come into contact with someone with coronavirus.
We will continue to provide the latest and most pertinent updates and guidance on COVID-19 via this website and our weekly notes. Explore the tabs to find relevant resources, including the latest economic analysis on the impact of COVID-19, Government support and guidance and industry responses to the crisis.