New Construction Policy Note (CPN) 3/2021
We have published a new Construction Policy Note (CPN) setting out measures for contracting authorities to manage and mitigate market pressures affecting the availability and affordability of construction sector resources.
It is intended for all those contracting authority staff involved in the planning and delivery of public works projects. It is applicable guidance under the Scottish Public Finance Manual.
The key message conveyed by this CPN is that if a contactor seeks to waiver their contractual obligations, the contracting authority should refer to the relevant terms and conditions and seek legal advice as need be to inform their decision. It advises on actions to be taken for projects where contractors are reporting unprecedented difficulties with availability and affordability of materials.