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Major overhaul for payment practices in Scottish public sector construction

Representatives from over half of the councils in Scotland recently attended a seminar in Stirling to hear how they can overhaul payment practices in construction procurement.  There is a statutory obligation on all public bodies in Scotland with large construction spends to ensure that supply chain firms are paid within 30 days. On behalf of [...]

2017-07-11T17:20:37+00:00 11 July 2017|Articles, Scotland Press Releases|

Scottish MP questions Minister over cash retentions

Scottish MP, Stuart C. McDonald has urged the Government to reveal how they are going to deal with cash retentions, an issue affecting the livelihood of small firms in Scottish construction and those south of the border. The Member who represents the constituency of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East yesterday (27/06//2017) posed the following question to  [...]

2017-06-29T16:08:36+00:00 29 June 2017|Scotland Press Releases|

MPs question Government over cash retentions

SNP MP Stuart C. McDonald has urged the Government to reveal how they are going to deal with cash retentions, an issue affecting the livelihood of small firms in the construction industry. The Member for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East yesterday (27/06/2017) questioned the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy: “What the Government’s policy [...]

2017-07-07T15:43:58+00:00 29 June 2017|Articles, Press Statements|

Help us gather evidence of late payment in Scotland

The Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group (SECG) Scotland recently met with Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, to discuss the issue of payment abuse. Following the meeting, the Minister expressed interest in payment security legislation for construction (possibly involving 30 day payments and protection for retention monies) and is keen to obtain examples of payment abuse. [...]

Manifesto for the Built Environment supply chain

A future Government and Parliament should commit to three-points for a world-leading UK specialist engineering supply chain in the built environment: Bring legislation to protect all retention monies in a ring-fenced account, as first step towards zero retentions by 2025, and prioritise review of the ‘Construction Act’. From 2021 all publicly-funded built environment work over [...]

2017-05-05T17:13:04+00:00 2 May 2017|Articles, Press Statements|

Over £1bn cash retentions held from UK top construction companies: SMEs mainly at risk

An analysis of the accounts of the UK’s top 12 construction companies has revealed that the 9 which published separate figures for retentions are owed more than £800m, indicating that the 12 together are owed over £1 billion of cash retentions.  The analysis was carried out for leading construction representative body, the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ [...]

2017-02-16T17:47:47+00:00 16 February 2017|Articles, Press Statements|

SEC Group responds to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

[one_full last="yes" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" hover_type="none" link="" border_position="all" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="0" animation_direction="down" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" class="" id=""][/one_full] WELCOME FROM CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FOR AUTUMN STATEMENT The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group  – representing the largest sector of UK construction (by value) – has welcomed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. [...]

2016-12-06T16:13:28+00:00 23 November 2016|Press Statements|