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Almost nine out of ten local councils in the UK are failing to pay companies for construction work within the legally required 30-day period, according to findings from BESA and the ECA.
BESA has welcomed government amendments to the Apprenticeship Levy that it has said will ease restrictions on the distribution of funds.
Network Rail’s pledge to reform prompt payment practices and abolish the use of retentions in its contracts has been hailed as a strong template for the wider construction industry and building services sector to follow.
More than 600 potential apprentices are without work despite efforts to seek out roles in a range of building services role such as pipework and ductwork installation, service and maintenance engineering, and ventilation hygiene, new research from BESA has found.
Over a quarter of 316 engineering services firms surveyed on their financial performance have reported a fall in turnover during the first quarter of 2018, the highest falls of its kind in two years. The findings reflect the impact of adverse weather conditions and the fall of Carillion earlier this year.
BESA will hold its second annual conference in London on November 1 with payment reform, Brexit and the technical implications of the soon to be published findings of a major review of building regulations expected to dominate proceedings.
BESA is urging the government to ensure greater flexibility within its Apprenticeship Levy system to ensure funding is more readily available to groups such as SMEs for courses that better meet the specific needs of the building services sector and other specialist industries.
BESA has said a recent pledge from chancellor Phillip Hammond to support apprenticeships and tackle the issue of late payments is “timely” as it seeks to pass a new bill into law that reforms how cash retentions are managed.
BESA has appointed its head of sustainability David Frise as chief executive in a bid to build on its work in providing technical output and support, while also pushing new training initiatives.
BESA has said that more than 60 construction and maintenance trade bodies have now lent their support to the Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill that was introduced to parliament in January as a means to reform payment within the construction supply chain.