Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


Construction contractors should face tougher rules on training and pay and conditions before they are awarded council contracts, say the Liberal Democrats.The party's conference at Harrogate this week agreed to restore many of the contract compliance powers used by councils until outlawed in 1988 after a campaign led by the Building Employers Confederation.The Liberal Democrats wholly or partly control one-quarter of local authorities.They called for work to go to private contractors only when they offered pay and benefits equal to those of direct labour organisations.The motion said private contractors should be excluded from council work if they offered training and apprenticeship packages inferior to those of the public sector. The party also committed itself to scrap compulsory competitive tendering, giving each public body the right to decide which services would be put out to tender.