COVID-19



Scotland's retail and construction sectors have benefitted most from UK covid support

Businesses in Scotland benefitted from more than £3.4 billion of UK Government-backed loans to protect and support jobs across the region with the construction sector among the biggest beneficiaries, new data has revealed.

Published 19 January 2021

Construction largely unaffected by tougher restrictions

Nicola Sturgeon has tightened the rules on tradesmen and women entering private homes during lockdown but construction sites are permitted to continue with current operating procedures.

Published 13 January 2021

New safe operating guidance issued for construction sector

Construction companies and workers have been urged to follow updated COVID-19 guidance after industry leaders issued new Safe Operating Guidance.

Published 13 January 2021

Non-essential construction work may stop to 'radically reduce interactions'

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has revealed that she is considering whether additional lockdown restrictions are needed for non-essential work in Scotland to help bring the number of coronavirus cases down.

Published 8 January 2021

And finally... Two architectural proposals to speed up vaccinations

Shipping-container clinics and city centre pod have been proposed by architects to help speed up the process of Covid-19 vaccinations.

Published 8 January 2021

Workers urged to use face coverings in correct manner in new video campaign

With essential construction work set to continue during the latest lockdown, the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum) is urging operatives to make a safe start to 2021 with a colourful new face mask campaign.

Published 7 January 2021

Essential repairs and home moves ‘can continue during lockdown’

Construction and other essential work can continue following yesterday's lockdown announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

Published 5 January 2021

Construction workers urged to 'stay COVID smart' outside work

Construction workers have been reminded by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart to stay "COVID smart" in their social lives and when travelling to and from jobs.

Published 12 November 2020

Katy Christiansen: Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in July 2020

At the end of May 2020, the Government confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Support Scheme (CJRS), known as furloughing, would be extended to the end of October 2020, with a Phase 2 of the scheme, allowing for more flexibility in workers furloughed but with employers beginning to contribute to the wage bill of those on furlough, beginning on 01 July, 2020.

Published 26 October 2020

Chris Thompson, AAB: Scottish Government support for SME housebuilders

The Scottish Government has launched a £100 million Emergency Loan Fund for Scottish SME housebuilders with liquidity issues due to the temporary closure of the housebuilding sector. The fund’s aim is to safeguard jobs and protect suppliers, ensure a continued supply of homes, support post-COVID-19 economic recovery and retain diversity within the housebuilding sector.

Published 26 October 2020

Construction leaders publish plan for construction sector recovery

The Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) established by Construction Scotland and the Scottish Government has published a plan for the sector’s recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Published 6 October 2020

ENGIE to 'review future' of Scottish construction and regeneration business

Energy and services group ENGIE has announced plans to "review the future direction" of its Scottish construction and regeneration business in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 12 August 2020

CICV Forum issues new range of health and safety guidance

As Scotland’s building sector continues its recovery, the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum) has issued a raft of new health and safety guidance to help steer workers through the phased return.

Published 5 August 2020

Scotland had highest percentage of construction staff on furlough

Three quarters (75%) of eligible employees in the Scottish construction sector have been furloughed as of June 30, new figures from HMRC have revealed.

Published 16 July 2020

CICV Forum animations urge construction workers to stay safe away from site

As the easing of lockdown measures continues across Scotland, the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum) has launched a new social media campaign urging workers to stay safe in their social lives.

Published 16 July 2020