Coronavirus

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 18 May 2020):

  • Version 4 of the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures has been published, incorporating updated guidance from the government.

  • The Scottish Government has published its routemap through and out of the crisis with a phase approach. The Scottish Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart MSP, has written to the Chair of Construction Scotland, confirming that the advance preparation of non‐essential construction sites in Scotland can begin from 28 May 2020. Further guidance for construction in expected to be published next week.

  • The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars on ‘working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)’. They include: 
  • The Future Fund will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that typically rely on equity investment and are unable to access other government business support programmes because they are either pre-revenue or pre-profit.

  • From Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. Employers will be able to make claims to the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme through a new online service. Employers will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.

  • The government has published updated guidance on its Covid-19 apprenticeships programme response with information on training and assessing apprentices in line with the government’s new safer working guidelines, calculating wages for furloughed apprentices, off-the-job training, and redundant apprentices.

  • Mineral Products Association (MPA) has launching its ‘Covid-19 Operational Guidance’ document, together with a series of posters to assist members to get their locations COVID secure. It complements the MPA Managers and Employees pocket guides that were launched last week. Find out more.

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. 

Construction Leadership Council Activity 

  • To implement the Government’s social distancing recommendation the Construction Leadership Council has now published version 4 of its Site Operating Procedures (SOP), incorporating the latest government guidance.
  • A Statement on Payment and Contracts in the supply chain, and the risk that clients and firms will seek to invoke contractual clauses to the detriment of other firms. The CLC is clear that all construction businesses should continue to pay in accordance with agreed contractual terms.
  • This Letter of Authorisation template can be used by construction product manufacturers and suppliers to provide the evidence that they require to be able to continue their essential work. Workers and those making deliveries to site in the manufacturing and supply of construction products, who can follow the Guidance on Social Distancing from Public Health England at work or who are considered critical workers can use this. Company's are encouraged to include their logo on the letter template.
  • Coronavirus Employment Schemes Guidance: The Construction Leadership Council, supported by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), has produced a guidance note on Coronavirus Employment Schemes.
  • Double-check the CLC website for updates.

Construction Industry Coronavirus Briefings
The CPA was one of several construction trade bodies contributing towards a daily construction COVID-19 industry briefing throughout lockdown, produced in collaboration between the Association for Consultancy & Engineering, Build UK, Chartered Institute of Building, CITB, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Federation of Master Builders, and Institution of Civil Engineers. Read the Briefing - 29 April

Previous Briefings: 28 April24 April23 April21 April17 April / 16 April15 April 9 April8 April / 7 April6 April3 April2 April1 April  / 31 March  / 30 March / 27 March / 26 March / 25 March / 24 March / 23 March / 20 March / 19 March

Support the fight against Coronavirus
The UK Government has asked industry to offer support to those fighting coronavirus. If your business can offer any support in any of the following areas:

  • protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
  • hotel rooms
  • transport and logistics, for moving goods or people
  • manufacturing equipment
  • warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage
  • expert advice or consultancy on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement or engineering
  • social care or childcare
  • community support

Please use this link to offer your help.

Companies from across the UK construction sector are being asked to showcase how they have played their part in the fight against Covid-19. A new website has been launched www.constructioncovid19response.co.uk which includes case studies around four themes: Building NHS Capacity, Donating PPE, Safeguarding Workers & Helping Communities. Find out more. If you would like to submit a case study, please contact Matt McKeown.

Additional Industry Resources 
The CPA is a member of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the largest trade body in the country, which has extensive resources freely available on its Coronavirus Hub, including advice on Government guidance and issues such as furloughs and job retention schemes.

Similarly, the CPA works very closely with Make UK, the umbrella trade body representing all UK manufacturing. We can recommend the Make UK Covid-19 webpages for their insight with manufacturing in mind.

European Construction Sector Declaration
The European construction sector calls for urgent measures to protect workers’ health, support economic activity and accelerate the recover. Read the full declaration.

Market Impact Report 
The CPA has been asked by a number of government departments, members, industry colleagues and media about the impact of the Coronavirus on our industry.  The CPA’s economics team is assessing the key issues for the UK economy and construction and a ‘live’ briefing paper is available for CPA members. This will be updated regularly and can be accessed on the Economics Publications page after logging in. 

Access the CPA's COVID-19 Market Impact Report.

CPA Member Supply Status 
The CPA, working in partnership with the Builders Merchants Federation, is surveying our respective members to determine their operational status in response to the Covid-19 virus. Shown here is a summary for the CPA’s largest Company Members. The BMF has posted similar updates of its merchants and suppliers that can be found on its website.

These surveys should highlight how the supply of construction products and materials to merchants and builders may be impacted by reductions or closures in production, distribution, and stocks. For further information contact jeff.may@constructionproducts.org.uk or richard.ellithorne@bmf.org.uk.

The UK government is enacting a range of measures to support businesses dealing with the impact of the virus. The government has  launched its Business Support website to help businesses find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of COVID-19. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has also summarised a number of these measures on its website. Of particular note are the following:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Schem. Employers can now claim online for a grant for 80% of their furloughed employees’ salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee. Make a claim. More information can be found in the government’s step by step guidance or by watching this Free Webinar.
  • The Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by the Chancellor, will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and from Monday 4 May, businesses can apply online through a short and simple form. The scheme is open for application. Find out more.
  • Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - helps small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access finance of up to £5 million. Find out more.
  • Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme - helps large businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access loans of up to £25 million. Find out more.

 

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, addressed the nation on Sunday 10 May, where he outlined plans to begin restarting the economy. He 'actively encouraged' construction and manufacturing workers to return to work. Useful guidance includes:

The links below might also be of use to our members:

HSE Updates: