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10Feb94 UK: GOVT TO TAKE FIRST STEP IN PAY REMEDY.

The Government is set to take the first step towards implementing its pledge to stamp out late payment in construction.Later this month it will introduce a prompt payment clause into the main contract used on public projects. The new version, GC Works 1, is expected to specify that clients must make payments to main contractors within 30 days to start at the end of each month of the contract.Subcontractors can expect payment within similar periods.Rudi Klein, chief executive of the subcontractor organisation CASEC, said: 'This is welcome as far as it goes. The question of when the 30 day payment period should start was one of the points where they were falling down.'But he said the changes had failed to deal with disputed payments, which are at the root of the industry's payment difficulties. CONSTRUCTION NEWS