contractors, specialist sub-contractors and manufacturers throughout the UK are
being advised to talk to their regional framework partners as quickly as
possible if they are struggling to deliver any public sector works, have seen
projects paused or are worried about payment.
LHC, the country’s longest running framework
provider, is sending information to all approved suppliers on its frameworks
with updated advice on how to manage the risks arising from the current
follows the publication of two policy notes from the Cabinet
Office, including one which explained how suppliers should be paid by
public sector clients as quickly as possible to maintain cashflow and protect
jobs, and even paid in advance in some situations.
Skivington, group director of LHC, said:
latest Cabinet Office advice allows for a relaxation of procurement rules in
some specific circumstances, and encourages councils, social landlords and
other public sector bodies to pay suppliers as quickly as possible. You may
even be entitled to get up to 25% of the project payment made in advance.
appointed company should need to struggle alone. Through LHC’s network of local
offices we are uniquely placed to provide region-specific reassurance and to
support to our appointed companies, including speaking to clients on your
behalf. Whatever the problem, we can work it out. Just pick up the phone and
talk to your local framework expert – it’s at times like this that these local
relationships matter most.”
its regional business operations, LHC is also helping over-stretched local
authorities to source approved suppliers for emergency building repairs and
maintenance services. This work is expected to provide a useful lifeline to
some contractors whose other projects may be cancelled or temporarily paused.
a local LHC office at: https://www.lhc.gov.uk/get-in-touch