Modern slavery reporting lacks conviction

Modern slavery is a hidden problem but one that the construction industry is known to be particularly exposed to. The sector’s demand for lower paid manual labour and its global, complex and often opaque supply chains make it an attractive target for human traffickers looking to exploit migrant workers.

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Backpedalling on procurement reform

Some encouraging activity has been seen on the public procurement front recently, all well reported on in Construction Law. Professor David Mosey’s recent report on frameworks has been a stand out contribution.

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Is PFI about to be reborn?

Just when you might have been excused for imagining that the discredited Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was dead as a construction procurement route, up it pops again.

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Procurement opportunity must be grasped

Procurement related guidance and advice has been coming thick and fast in recent weeks. Almost hidden away at the end of the announcement about housing safety measures announced in Parliament by UK Secretary of State Michael Gove in January was publication of a new guidance document titled Collaborative Procurement Guidance for Design and Construction to Support Building Safety.

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Combatting climate change could also boost procurement skills

Much is happening on the climate change battle front, and the UK has pitched itself into the front line with wide ranging commitments to achieve net zero carbon by 2050, such as having all of our electricity to be ‘clean’ generated by 2035. This stance will attract worldwide attention with the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference heading for Glasgow in November.

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Construction pipeline promises much

Government’s latest National Construction & Infrastructure Pipeline detailing public sector procurement plans for the next ten years was released in September, representing the highest level of public sector infrastructure investment ever.

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Report highlights need for procurement overview

It would be hard to find evidence of anything good that came out of the collapse of Carillion; it was in fact an unmitigated disaster that will resonate deeply within the construction industry for years to come, and around which legal actions are still in the offing.

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Contracts need risk management

The headline news from the most recent Arcadis survey of global disputes is that the sums involved in disputes have more than doubled but the number of disputes has stayed about the same. Disputes are being resolved faster at an average of 13 months compared to 15 last year, and the UK is maintaining its lead in speedy dispute resolution, taking only 10 months on average.

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