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BEFORE CHRISTMAS CITB paid Employers Exceptional Training Grants as a reward for training carried out under the 2012/2013 Grants Scheme. The amount awarded to employers has been based on a percentage of all grants due and authorised during that claim period. If you have carried out training but did not receive your payment, please contact the CITB Customer Services Team on 0344 994 4455.

2013/2014 Grants Scheme Year ETG

Make sure you continue to take advantage of CITB grants during the current 2013/2014 Grants Scheme year. We have allocated a further ETG of £15m for this training period. Book your CITB training today on 0344 994 4433, or contact your local training provider.

JANUARY 2014 SEES the introduction of a yet another great benefit for PDA Members. An online retailer of office and business

products, Angel Office Supplies can be found at – They offer a wide range of quality branded products including office supplies, safety and protective equipment, ink cartridges and just about everything else a growing business could need. Founded recently, but managed by a parent

company with a strong track record in customer service, Angel has core values which complement those of the Painting and Decorating Association. This deal represented a good opportunity to add to our ever increasing list of exclusive member benefits. The Association has negotiated a special arrangement and members will receive heavily

discounted contract pricing on the products they order most regularly, a method designed to tailor the benefit to your needs. Members will also be given the opportunity

to apply for a credit account and provided with a dedicated account manager to ensure a high level of service at all times. Next day courier delivery is offered as standard and is free for orders over £50.

For more information please visit send an e-mail to or telephone Martin Sutton on 0845 880 1323 to discuss your individual requirements.


NSCC HAS LAUNCHED a new partnership with Barclaycard designed to support Specialist Contractors to grow and manage their cashflow. Barclaycard is part of Barclays Bank PLC and its business payment solutions are an excellent way

of helping PDA members to realise their business potential. With preferential rates on debit and credit card transactions, PDA members will be able to accept card payments from their clients meaning no more banking of cheques and the transfer of funds within 3 days. The process can be set up quickly and easily in five days with no joining fee (normally £150) and Barclaycard offers both offline and online solutions for receiving payments. Barclaycard also supports the use of business credit cards and PDA members can receive up to 56 days’

interest-free credit and 0% interest for three months on purchases. Being able to accept and make payments by card gives businesses the opportunity to speed up the time it takes to receive money for work undertaken as well as maintain their credit rating with suppliers by paying promptly for materials. The NSCC Fair Payment Campaign is designed to improve payment practices in the construction

industry and, by working with Barclaycard, NSCC is able to offer its members an alternative service that can directly benefit their businesses. Further information on the business payment solutions available from Barclaycard through its partnership with NSCC can be found at – PDA members interested in signing up or switching to Barclaycard should call 0844 249 9877.

16 decorator Holiday rights 2014

Since 2010 the holiday entitlement calculated under the CIJC Working Rule Agreement consists of a total entitlement of 29 days, accrued on a week by week basis at the rate of 0.558 days per week of service. The 2014 holiday year starts on 6 January,

on return from the 2013 Christmas break. The following are days to be recognised as

Public/Bank holidays for purpose of the Working Rule Agreement provided that such days are generally recognised as holidays in the locality in which the work is being done. Good Friday

Easter Monday

May Bank Holiday Spring Bank Holiday Summer Bank Holiday Christmas Day Boxing Day

New Year’s Day

18 April 21 April 5 May

26 May 25 August

25 December 26 December 1 January 2015

The Spring Holiday (England & Wales) The fixed close-down during the Easter week has been discontinued releasing four days holiday to be taken at another time by agreement with the employer. If the employer wishes to continue with the Easter close-down then the operatives affected should be notified at the beginning of the year. Similarly, if the employer wishes to have a closedown at some other time the operatives affected should be notified of the dates at the beginning of the holiday year.

Summer Holidays (England & Wales) The Working Rule Agreement states that the summer holiday shall be two calendar weeks, not necessarily consecutive, to be granted in the ‘summer period’.

Winter Holidays (England & Wales) The Working Rule Agreement states that there shall be seven working days taken in conjunction with Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day to give a winter holiday of two calendar weeks. The winter break in 2014 will therefore extend from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015 inclusive.

Full details on working out holiday entitlement for leavers and joiners during the year can be obtained from the PDA Head Ofice on 0247 6353776

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