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    COVID-19 – Building contractors struggling with public sector jobs urged to seek help from local framework experts

    Building
    contractors, specialist sub-contractors and manufacturers throughout the UK are
    being advised to talk to their regional framework partners as quickly as
    possible if they are struggling to deliver any public sector works, have seen
    projects paused or are worried about payment.

    LHC, the country’s longest running framework
    provider, is sending information to all approved suppliers on its frameworks
    with updated advice on how to manage the risks arising from the current
    COVID-19 crisis.

    This
    follows the publication of two policy notes from the Cabinet
    Office, including one which explained how suppliers should be paid by
    public sector clients as quickly as possible to maintain cashflow and protect
    jobs, and even paid in advance in some situations.

    John
    Skivington, group director of LHC, said:

    “The
    latest Cabinet Office advice allows for a relaxation of procurement rules in
    some specific circumstances, and encourages councils, social landlords and
    other public sector bodies to pay suppliers as quickly as possible. You may
    even be entitled to get up to 25% of the project payment made in advance.

    “No
    appointed company should need to struggle alone. Through LHC’s network of local
    offices we are uniquely placed to provide region-specific reassurance and to
    support to our appointed companies, including speaking to clients on your
    behalf. Whatever the problem, we can work it out. Just pick up the phone and
    talk to your local framework expert – it’s at times like this that these local
    relationships matter most.”

    Through
    its regional business operations, LHC is also helping over-stretched local
    authorities to source approved suppliers for emergency building repairs and
    maintenance services. This work is expected to provide a useful lifeline to
    some contractors whose other projects may be cancelled or temporarily paused.

    Contact
    a local LHC office at: https://www.lhc.gov.uk/get-in-touch