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Coronavirus: furloughed workers and what it means for business

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is designed to help businesses that would otherwise be forced to lay off staff in the face of the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19, writes Tina Chander of Wright Hassall.

All businesses with a PAYE scheme in place on 28 February 2020, regardless of size or sector, will be able to benefit from the scheme with the government reimbursing employers up to 80% of their employees’ wages, to a maximum of £2,500 per month, plus employer’s NICs and auto-enrolment pension contributions.

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Constructionarium donate vital PPE equipment to NHS

Constructionarium Ltd were pleased to be able to donate PPE from their site in Bircham Newton to The Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital King’s Lynn. Site Manager, Joe Chandler was able to safely deliver the equipment, including gloves, masks, eye protection and protective suits to the QEH this week.

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Construction Workers Family Crisis Appeal

We hope you are all keeping safe and well during these difficult and testing times. As a result of the pandemic our event schedule for the year both nationally and regionally has been virtually wiped out and this will have a huge impact on our income and our ability to fund our charitable work.

All this comes at a time when our Construction Industry Helpline is receiving an unprecedented volume of calls from construction workers and their families seeking our help.

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ASFP online learning resources

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) offers a wide range of online resources which aim to help educate all involved in the built environment.  The available material is suitable for installers, designers, specifiers and contractors, as well as building owner occupiers, risk assessors and enforcement agencies.

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ASFP launches Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover Scheme

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has partnered with an insurance broker to offer a new Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover Scheme for existing and prospective ASFP members.

The move is in response to reports from specialist fire protection sub-contractors that they are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain cover, with many facing significant premium increases or in some cases being refused cover. 

Read more: ASFP launches Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover Scheme