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Price hike on CSCS cards put budgets at risk

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS across the country risk blowing their budgets because of last minute Construction Skills Certification on Scheme price rises.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has called for a three-month delay in the 25% price increase for CSCS cards to allow firms to renew employees on the current price and make budget adjustments for future renewals.

Just last week a notice was placed on the CSCS website advising companies that workers requiring a renewal in the next six months have until 30 June to submit the applications if they are to pay £20 instead of £25.

CECA director Rosemary Beales said: 'Given the extremely short notice of the implementation date for the increase, CECA considers it unacceptable to expect contractors to pay the additional cost.

'Companies will not have had time to budget for the increase and, indeed, will not have time to calculate the overall cost to themselves.'

Notifiation of the increase was only placed on the CSCS website on 14 June, giving just 12 working days for the companies to identify the scale of the problem, cost the implication, send out paperwork to the affected employees and return this to the CSCS.

SCS were unavailable for comment as NCE went to press.

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