Coronavirus Update 26.3.20

Like many other predominantly office based businesses, our team is working remotely and are operational and available to provide any assistance you may require. For the foreseeable future, individual staff members can be contacted via direct email, or via our web contact form on this site.

Office phones are diverted to team member mobiles. All Members and contractors have been informed of key contact arrangements.

With regard to the big question of whether or not construction work should continue at the present time, please click on the following link for the latest guidance from our legal advisors, Trowers & Hamlins.

https://www.trowers.com/insights/2020/march/coronavirus-should-construction-sites-close

Specific guidance regarding working in peoples homes issued by the Government and updated today can be found in item 2 on the following link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Specific guidance regarding landlords duties under Regulation 36 of the GSIUR remain unchanged at the present time (please see the following link), altough there is mounting pressure from industry for change in the current climate.

https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/help-and-advice/covid-19-advice-and-guidance/

In terms of our Framework Contractors, are far as we are aware most are still providing services as close to normal as possible, subject of course to the current standard working practices and requirements. Some are progressively retracting services at this time and if you need assistance please contact us.

We are also putting in place deep clean and additional arrangements for void works should you have any emergent requirements.

With regard to supporting businesses and suppliers through this difficult time, We would generally urge you to pay them as quickly as possible to maintain cash flow and protect jobs, by following, where appropriate the guidance in the Procurement Policy Note PPN 02/20 issued by the Cabinet Office:-

  • Targeting high value invoices for accelerated payment
  • Resolving disputed invoices as a matter of urgency
  • Encourage suppliers to invoice on a more regular basis

Finally, if you should require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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