The Construction Playbook - Improving standards in public projects: Faster, greener, better

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The Government has recently published a Construction Playbook outlining how government will work with the industry to improve standards in public projects with the objective of delivering these faster, better and greener.

Construction will be key to the UK’s recovery from Covid-19 and this follows Boris Johnson’s announcement to “build, build, build” while also recognising the importance of building back better to bring down emissions for greenhouse gases and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The Joint Industry Board (JIB) has been speaking to government, through the Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills, and the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), about the gold standard for employment JIB member companies achieve operating under the National Working Rule Agreements. This includes the excellent reputation JIB member companies have for direct employment, apprenticeships and training and JIB member companies are well placed to meet the terms of the Construction Playbook.

The Construction Playbook also references the minimum weighting of 10% social value which should be applied to procurement for central government contracts under Procurement Policy Note 06/20 which again puts JIB member companies in a strong position to highlight the benefits of direct employment, apprenticeships, industry recognised terms and conditions, modern slavery and skills development. 

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