The ASFP Coronavirus Updates provide regular news, advice and links to resources to aid members through the Coronavirus crisis

ASFP Coronavirus Update 20/7/2020

Chancellor offers new Plan for Jobs The Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs presented during his Summer Statement sets out how the Government aims to support, protect and create jobs as part of the economic recovery. Key announcements included: A Job Retention Bonus of £1,000 will be paid to employers who bring back furloughed staff and continue […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 2/7/2020

New edition of the CLC Site Operating Procedures The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has released Site Operating Procedures Version 5 which has been updated to reflect the latest Government guidance following the easing of lockdown measures in England from Saturday 4 July. The ‘one metre plus’ social distancing guidelines require workers to stay two metres apart, or one […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 19/6/2020

CLC survey The Construction Leadership Council has published the results of its People Survey which aimed to collect cross industry data on the impact of Coronavirus on employment levels. The survey found that some 32% of direct employees are currently furloughed, with all sectors of the industry having accessed the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 4/6/2020

CLC Roadmap to Recovery The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published a Roadmap to Recovery to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery. The strategy aims to increase the level of activity across the construction ecosystem, accelerate the process of industry adjustment to the new normal, and […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 19/5/20

CLC Site Operating Procedures Version 4 released The Construction Leadership Council has published an updated Site Operating Procedures ver4, which replaces the Site Operating Procedures ver3, which is now withdrawn. The SOP has been amended to reflect the technical changes made in the Government’s  recently published guidance on safety during coronavirus, which included updated guidance […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 12/5/20

The Government announced on Sunday that it was urging businesses in England to return to work and released OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy on Monday which describes its phased approach to recovery and a roadmap to lifting restrictions. The Government states that “anyone who can’t work from home, for instance […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 28/4/20

With more construction sites being encouraged to reopen, Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol, along with Contractors Mark Reynolds (Mace) and Greg Craig (Skanska), met with Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma to discuss how the Government could improve its coronavirus guidance to the construction industry. They raised a number […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 21/4/20

The UK Government announced a further extension of the Coronavirus Lockdown restriction for at least another three weeks on 16 April, with suggestions that this may continue into late-May. While there now appears to be consensus across the UK that construction, or at least construction activity in certain key sectors, should be seen as an […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 15/4/20

With the Governments in both England and Wales having offered some relaxation for the construction sector of the strict social-distancing rules, it seems clear that many more sites are likely to re-open over the coming days. The Public Health England guidance for Construction states: “Where it is not possible to follow the social distancing guidelines in […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 8/4/20

With still some confusion about which if any construction sites can remain open, UK construction industry activity in March 2020 is reported to have fallen to its lowest level since April 2009. The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index has dropped from 52.6 in February to 39.3 in March. To aid the industry, the […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 1/4/20

SITE OPERATIONS As more construction sites close, Government Business Minister Alok Sharma has identified construction as an example of work that should continue during the coronavirus lockdown. In a letter of thanks to the construction industry, Mr Sharma thanks us for responding to the call to action, supporting the economy, and delivering for the nation […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 25/3/20

As the Coronavirus lockdown continues there remains uncertainty about how long construction sites will remain open. The Cabinet Office and several senior ministers have confirmed that Government Policy is that construction sites can remain open so long as social distancing rules are applied. Many major contractors/developers are making the decision to close as are many […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 24.03.20

Further to the information we provided to members on Friday 20th March much has changed over the weekend culminating with the Prime Minister’s message last night on national television shutting down on all non-essential activities, which was presumed to include construction sites. Today there have been conflicting statements from other government ministers stating that as […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 20/3/2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 is developing rapidly and the impact on our members, their customers and workforces in the construction industry will be dramatic and in some cases unavoidable. We are receiving a lot of information and are filtering to provide you with clear and targeted and knowledge, sometimes abridged. Businesses should follow the most up-to-date guidance. […]