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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources 

As the coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic continues, Fusion21 is taking every reasonable step to ensure we are able to continue to operate business as usual during this period of disruption. Our update for members and suppliers can be read here.

Read our "A View from Beyond Procurement" here. 

Useful links and resources: 

Below we're sharing and signposting to key resources and best practice that may be useful and of interest to our members.

These resources are not produced by Fusion21.

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COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

 

The government has published this latest guidance to stress the importance of a national effort to respond to the COVID-19 where local authorities landlords and tenants continue to work together to keep properties safe.

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Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy


The government has published its coronavirus recovery strategy setting out an indicative roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Our understanding is that there is no expectation that our members and suppliers will immediately return to business as usual and we know this will take some time.

However, the guidance does clarify where work can restart or continue safely where appropriate.

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Construction Leadership Council - Site Operating Procedures

The Construction Leadership Council has updated its Site Operating Procedures guide to working safely as projects restart.

The fourth version of the guide has been updated to incorporate a number of technical changes following the recently published government guidance on Working Safely during Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Changes include removal of the requirement for face-to-face contact to be kept to 15 minutes or less. The section on PPE now also links to the latest Government guidance on face coverings.

Other changes include:

  • References to one-way systems and the reconfiguration of seating and tables and an update on portable toilets
  • The requirement to share risk assessments with the workforce
  • Clarification on when to travel to work, as set out in the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy
  • Updated links and wording on social distancing

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to social housing residents

The 18th of May has seen the publication of a letter to social housing residents setting out the measures that are in place to support them during the next phase towards reopening society.

The letter is from Chris Pincher, Minister of State for Housing and it covers information about maintenance and repairs, home moves, gas safety, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour.

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Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): Construction and other outdoor work

Local authorities and housing associations are now being advised that construction projects can resume as long as social distancing can be carried out on site. 

We know that many sites have already reopened and the expectation now is that the majority will do so soon. The government has also published separate advice on safe working on construction sites and in other outdoor environments.

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Charter for safe working practice COVID-19

A new Safe Working Charter has also been announced by the government to ensure safe working processes in the construction industry in collaboration with the Home Builder Federation. The Housing Secretary wants the construction sector to restart at the earliest opportunity and has now introduced regulations that will allow more flexible working hours. 

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Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): Other people’s homes

It is still unclear exactly how this will effect works in people’s homes and whether all works can re-start. Separate advice on carrying out work in people’s homes has been published.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Landlords

The general advice on the continued need to undertake gas safety checks has not changed, however Gas Safe have provided updated guidance for landlords including some areas of emerging good practice around access.

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HSE: Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

The need to provide a safe working environment has never been as important as now and the Health and Safety Executive have issued its latest guidance for employers.

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Procurement Policy Note: Responding to COVID-19

Read the Cabinet Office's Procurement Policy Note - Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PPN 01/20 provides guidance to Contracting Authorities on how to procure goods, works and services in matters of extreme urgency. Fusion21 Members are permitted to do this under Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. This Regulation includes the ability to undertake direct awards, call off works from existing Framework Agreements and modifying existing contracts during their term. Fusion21’s flexible call-off terms enable quick mobilisation of contracts to comply with PPN 01/20 whilst still maintaining compliance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and achieving value for money.

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Procurement Policy Note: Supplier relief due to COVID-19

PPN 02/20 provides guidance to Contract Authorities on payment of their suppliers to ensure business continuity during a period of service disruption.

Fusion21 recommends that Members review their risk position to identify areas of risk to suppliers and the ability to resume normal contract delivery once the outbreak is over. If the guidance within the PPN 02/20 is to be pursued, Members should obtain legal advice to ensure the risk and legal position is fully understood and managed.

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Procurement Policy Note: Use of Procurement Cards

PPN 03/20 provides guidance to ‘in scope’ organisations to utilise purchase cards for an increasing number of purchases to support cash flow and protect jobs across the supply chain. In scope organisations include central government departments, their executive agencies and non-departmental government departments. Any other contract authority outside of this group may also wish to apply the guidance set out. Increasing the use of payment cards does not alleviate the duty to ensure spend delivers value for money and proportionate control of payments should be undertaken.

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CIPS Coronavirus Guidance

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply has provided guidance to supply chain and procurement leads to take positive steps to manage the risks faced as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. This resource page also provides links to articles, tools and checklists to support supply chain risk planning.

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