Considerate Constructors Scheme launches new Monitors’ Checklist

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The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched a new Monitors’ Checklist, used to assess and score firms against the Code of Considerate Practice…

A new checklist has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). The Monitors’ Checklist will be used to assess and score the performance of construction sites, firms, and suppliers against their Code of Considerate Practice.

The CCS conducts some 18,000 site, company, and supplier visits each year and uses the information gathered within the checklist to provide a barometer of how the industry is improving. It is a key part of discerning issues and challenges within construction.

The 2016 checklist has seen changes in all five sections of the code. However, the most significant are in the ‘Value their workforce’ section. Here, a number of new questions have been introduced. It is hoped this will help the industry tackle the critical issues facing the sector such as combatting illegal workers on site and in supply chains, as well as retaining a skilled workforce.

Commenting on the new Checklist, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said: “Our work to stamp out illegal working involves close collaborative working with lead industry bodies. We are fully supportive of genuine efforts, such as this scheme, to drive compliance with the rules.

“Employers within the construction sector have a crucial and ongoing part to play in helping to combat illegal working by ensuring they carry out the straightforward ‘Right to Work’ checks on potential employees.”

CCS chief executive Edward Hardy said: “Scheme registered sites, companies, suppliers and their clients are demonstrating a continued eagerness to keep raising the bar of considerate construction and improve industry standards across the UK.

“The new Checklist will be a significant driver in helping to achieve this goal.

He added: “The Checklist is reviewed annually to ensure it remains current, relevant and challenging. The new questions including those around the legitimacy of the workforce and attracting and retaining skills are clearly crucial issues for the future of the industry.

“The Considerate Constructors Scheme is delighted to be at the forefront of challenging the sector to improve performance in these areas”.

The checklist came into force on 1 February, but there will be a transition period until the 1 May, allowing members to familiarise themselves with the new standards.

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