Covid-19 Construction Industry Briefing 28 April


Guidance for workers

Langley, supported by the Construction Industry Council, has produced a short video that demonstrates safe and responsible guidance for workers on construction sites operating during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, to ensure the protection of the workforce and minimise the risk of spread of infection.

This guidance advises how consistent measures on sites of all sizes can be responsibly and safely undertaken with adherence to the Government’s recommendations on social distancing.

Bounce Back Loans

The new Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by the Chancellor yesterday, will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and from Monday 4 May, businesses can apply online through a short and simple form.

The Government will provide lenders with a 100% guarantee for the loan and pay any fees and interest for the first 12 months. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months.

The loans will be easy to apply for through a short, standardised online application. Loans should reach businesses within days – providing immediate support to those that need it as easily as possible.

The scheme will launch for applications on Monday 4 May. Firms will be able to access these loans through a network of accredited lenders. The government will work with lenders to ensure loans delivered through this scheme are advanced as quickly as possible and agree a low standardised level of interest for the remaining period of the loan.

The Government is also taking additional steps on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) to ensure that lenders have the confidence they need to process finance applications quickly, including changing the viability tests that so that all banks will need to assess is whether a business was viable pre COVID-19.

Apprenticeship programme response to COVID-19

The UK Government has updated its guidance on how its apprenticeship programme has responded to the Covid-19 crisis. This version focuses on:

• Further information on calculating wages for furloughed apprentices

• Clarification that a furloughed employee can start an apprenticeship

• Information on collecting signatures

• Additional content on flexibilities of end-point assessment

• Flexibilities for English and Maths functional skills for Intermediate (level 2) apprentices

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Survey

A new survey has been developed by the Construction Coronavirus Task Force to help understand how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is being used by industry. Please take five minutes to fill in the survey here

Furloughed workers - parental leave

Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate. Find out more here.


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