Cash retentions have been used in the construction industry for decades as security against defects in the work but it is a payment practice that is vulnerable to both insolvency and abuse. The Scottish Government is to form a short-life working group to consider the policy options including the possibility of a retention deposit scheme, the phasing out of retentions completely or the viability of alternative mechanisms of assurance.
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Regulations are set to come into force on 18 November which will bring into force those sections of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 which deal with planning obligations. This will involve amendments to s75 and s75A of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, which govern the creation, modification and discharge of planning obligations.
One of the most disruptive court decisions for the Scottish construction sector in recent times was the controversial Court of Session decision in Midlothian Council v. Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical Ltd which deals with the prescription of latent defects claims. Midlothian was questioned judicially in a recent Glasgow Sheriff Court decision with some positive news for those looking to raise such claims.
The Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 26 May and takes effect from 27 May 2020. Here we look at some of the most significant changes it introduces.
A six-phase plan has been drawn up for construction work to resume in Scotland as lockdown begins to ease from the end of this week but the road to full operation of construction works in Scotland looks likely to be a long one.