The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has has joined other leading trade associations in promoting our Time for Change online petition, which aims to achieve a Parliamentary debate on the issue of retention funds in construction contracts.
In a statement received by H&V News in the week beginning 5 January, it said it has asked its members to sign the online petition, which needs 100,000 signatures to drive a debate on protecting retention funds in trust in the future.
In other campaign news, Debbie Abrahams MP has signed up to attend the Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES) Time for Change roundtable, which will take place in early February at its offices in west London.
Construction industry organisations welcomed efforts by late payment campaigner Ms Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, to tackle the issue of “hated” cash retentions.
During the third reading of amendments to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, Ms Abrahams said: “At any one time, over £3bn is outstanding in the construction industry by way of cash retentions.
“I have several examples, including that of a company that wrote to me to say that £60,000 of retention money was withheld – 5% of the overall contract – for eight months. There was nothing in the contract about that. They had to go through adjudication and it ended up with them losing £22,000. These are small businesses, and this is their livelihood.”
The B&ES was one of the first supporters of the campaign when it was launched last November.
The campaign is continuing to gain support from all areas of the industry, including a growing number of industry associations.
H&V News editor Dennis Flower will also attend the roundtable discussion and will report on the event in a future issue of the magazine.
Time for Change was conceived as an industry-wide initiative and aims to include all sectors of the industry to drive improvement and deliver benefits for the entire supply chain in the future.