Fears some will fail
Construction firm demands date for furlough payments
Construction firms want to know when money will be released
A Scottish construction firm has warned that ‘extreme pressure’ is being placed on the industry because of a failure by government to say when payments under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme kick in.
Advance Construction Scotland, which employs more than 1,600 workers, says the lack of a timescale for furlough payments had left many companies fearing for their future.
Seamus Shields, who established the family-owned company 25 years ago, called on the UK and Scottish Governments to look at an emergency funding package similar to that announced for the hospitality and tourism sectors.
“Our company is working across more than 200 live construction sites and has a payroll stretching to seven figures per week. We also have 500 sub-contractors and over 2,000 companies on our supply chain who all depend on us. Nearly all work has ceased instantly,” he said.
“The job retention scheme was welcome news at first but the lack of detail is staggering. The claims system will apparently be open by the end of April but no one can tell us when payments will be made after a claim is entered.