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Updated link for H&V News survey

The survey has been launched for readers to reveal the impact of retention clauses in contracts.

The online survey consists of six multiple choice questions and follows Professor Rudi Klein’s article (H&V News 13 Feb) highlighting the issue of how many subcontractors had lost thousands of pounds in retention monies when the main contractor had gone into liquidation.

A previous H&V News survey on the issue of retentions showed that 57 per cent of respondents had lost retentions on up to 10 contracts.

Professor Klein is also appealing for details of MPs expressing an interest to help with this issue and can be contacted by email at

The H&V News Retentions Survey will remain open for responses until 14 March.

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