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

Construction moves to next stage of COVID-19 restart after PPE supply assurances

Close working can now take place on construction sites as the sector commences Phase 4 of its restart plan, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 15 July 2020

Site operating procedures are ‘inadequate’ and undermine correct use of PPE, says Unite

Construction union Unite has stated that it will not support the latest version of the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) site operating procedures (SOP) unless “major safety failing and potentially illegalities” are addressed.

Published 10 July 2020

CICV Forum welcomes new member and creates consultant sub-group

The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum) has welcomed a new member to its ranks and also set up a specialist sub-group to gather and share expertise from consultants across Scotland.

Published 6 July 2020

New COVID-19 planning guidance and advice notes unveiled

The Scottish Government has issued a raft of new planning guidance and advice notes to assist with the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Published 3 July 2020

Simon Capaldi: COVID-19 will accelerate the evolution of business’ approach to office-based working

Social distancing has turned our lives upside down and at short notice businesses adapted to remote working, moving office life into the home.

Published 1 July 2020

RTPI urges governments to make planners central to sustainable post-COVID recovery

Governments across the UK and Ireland must capitalise on the expertise of planners to achieve a sustainable, resilient and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a far-reaching, national campaign launched today by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Published 29 June 2020

Scottish residential property market set to re-open ‘with a bang’

Estates agents are preparing for growing interest from buyers as Scotland’s housing market reopens today.

Published 29 June 2020

RICS issues COVID-19 guidance to prepare for Scottish residential property inspections

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has issued new guidance for professionals operating in the residential market in Scotland to help them prepare for carrying out physical inspections on domestic properties.

Published 26 June 2020