Council for Aluminium in Building

Latest Developments

Last updated: Tuesday 26 May

CAB is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 for its members and the wider construction industry closely. We are working closely with the Construction Products Association and other construction bodies and our business support partners to provide the most appropriate business continuity support.

The next CAB webinars for members can be viewed here. Contact justin.ratcliffe@c-a-b.org.uk if you are a member who has not received links to the seminars or is interested in limited guest places available.

Summary w/c 25 May

  • Total construction output in Great Britain is expected to fall by 25% during 2020, according to the Construction Products Association. The anticipated decline in output is one of three scenarios for construction output examined by the CPA
  • Barbour ABI Weekly Covid Briefing – This week has seen a relatively small increase in open projects and a fall in delayed projects. Total open projects have increased in number by 120 and in value by £1.9bn. There are around 2,150 open projects with a value of £77bn (£54bn excluding Hinkley Point). Almost all the increase has been in the residential sector.

Summary w/c 18 May

  • Build UK Coronavirus Update 21 May Includes some excellent examples of Main Contractor safe operating procedures
  • 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. The fund will be open for applications from Wednesday 20 May 2020. 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 Department for International Trade are running a series of webinars to help businesses through coronavirus: 
  • Site Operating Procedures v.4 dated 18 May 2020. The relatively minor updates are confirmed as:
    • Removal of the requirement for face to face contact to be kept to 15 minutes or less
    • The section on PPE now links to the latest Government guidance on face coverings
    • References to one-way systems and the reconfiguration of seating and tables and an update on portable toilets
    • The requirement to share risk assessments with the workforce
    • Clarification on when to travel to work, as set out in the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy
    • Updated links and wording on social distancing.
  • Build UK Coronavirus Update 18 May: The update contains a couple of key points:
    • In the preceding six weeks of the lockdown there was an average of 122 contract awards each week, whilst the first and second weeks of May saw just 66 and 94 contracts awarded respectively. The value of contracts awarded fell from an average of £2.08 billion per week to just £0.3 billion in the first week of May, and £1.43 billion in the second.
    • The Site Operating Procedures are currently under review following publication of the Government guidance on Working Safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19). There is no longer any reference to face to face contact being 15 minutes or less in the latest guidance, which supersedes previous Government guidance. The Prime Minister has asked that employers maintain the discipline of social distancing and hand washing to avoid a second peak of infection.

The following media links which are updated daily are also useful:
https://www.constructionenquirer.com/  
https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/