Tag : payment reform
BESA has welcomed some of the broad initiatives outlined in this week’s Queen’s Speech as a step towards much needed reforms for the HVAC and building services sector. However, the organisation said it was disappointed about a lack of clear commitments to ending poor payment practices in the legislative agenda for the new parliament.
Representatives of various key UK political parties have met this week to discuss how parliament can block the government from leaving the EU on October 31 without a withdrawal agreement.
Government threats to proceed with a ‘no deal’ Brexit on 31 October would be potentially “horrendous” for the HVAC sector, broader business and people dependent on their success if realised, a key industry body has warned.
Amendments to the role of the UK small business commissioner to penalise late payments and improve transparency within supply chains will be the subject of an upcoming government consultation.
Two major outsourcing groups working across the UK construction sector have this week announced they are entering administration.
The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has backed proposed legislation introduced to parliament this week that would require government and other public sector contracts to make use of project bank accounts.
Parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has urged the government to bring forward proposals to introduce mandatory project accounts with a mechanism to independently release cash retentions owed to contractors.
The 2018 Budget has set out fresh commitments to transform apprenticeship training that could have implications for the future of the building services sector.
With a second reading of a bill that would make it mandatory to hold retentions in third party schemes set for October, the industry body expects further support from MPs to push for change
The SEC Group has accused the government of failing to introduce meaningful changes to construction payment practices in response to multiple concerns identified around procurement and contracting following the collapse of Carillion.