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construction at large, certainly has some clout.


Earlier this year, we reported on MP, Peter Aldous’s efforts to reform the damaging payment practices within the construction industry. Now, with the second reading of what has become known as the “Aldous Bill” on the horizon, how gratifying to see that 60 construction and maintenance trade bodies are now backing the Bill.

It is by far the largest industry coalition ever formed to tackle late and unfair payment. And the campaign is gathering support from MPs and the Lords. Support for a change in legislation comes from across the supply chain, including electrical,

hen it comes to trade bodies, the building services industry and

plumbing, heating, interiors, house building, roofing, scaffolding and demolition. Backing has also come from the Federation of Master Builders and the Federation of Small Businesses. Paul Reeve, Director of Business at the Electrical Contractors’ Association said: “Quite simply, the time for major change to retentions is now. Putting retentions in trust would help to protect the supply chain from future upstream insolvency, and it would reduce the amount held in retentions when buyers see that they can no longer use suppliers’ cash to support their own business model.” BESA Public Affairs & Policy Manager Alexi Ozioro said: “Levels of support for the Bill are very encouraging, and this is a real opportunity for government to

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show it can respond to urgent developments and legislate on more than just Brexit. It will take months, maybe years to feel the full effect of Carillion, and what this Bill will do is make sure thousands of people can enjoy a more secure future.”

Peter Aldous MP believes that post-Carillion, there is a golden opportunity to change

construction for the better. Action is needed to protect SMEs before more millions are lost.

Awareness of the Bill and support for Peter Aldous is being coordinated by the Building

Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the ECA.

The Bill, which has its second reading on April 27th, aims to ensure payment retentions are protected in special ring-fenced deposit schemes, to minimise damage to the supply chain in the event of insolvencies. Enjoy this month’s issue.

Debbie Eales

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