The Executive has agreed to implement measures to ensure that Departments pay their suppliers as quickly as possible to maintain cash flow and protect jobs. Further detail of the measures are outlined in the latest Procurement Guidance Note - PGN 01/20 Supplier Relief Due to Covid-19.
In addition to the alarmingly high number of jobs lost in the construction sector during the recession, perhaps the most visible aspect of the downturn was the significant drop in both property values and new builds …
There is now a critical need for new homes to be built – from the positive impact this would have on jobs to how new housing underpins both regeneration and economic growth.
With less than 50% of new housing need having been met consistently over the last decade, there is a very urgent need to act and act now – particularly in respect of private housing.
Following the statement by the Prime Minister last night, it is our view that, with the exception of essential works in support of the fight against Covid-19, non-essential construction work should cease.
The CEF are today issuing important guidance on Site Safety.