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Contractors' fury at CSCS card price hike

CONTRACTORS have hit out at the owner of the CSCS skills card for giving contractors just 12 days' notice of a 25 per cent price hike.

Construction Skills Certification Scheme Ltd and CITB-ConstructionSkills - which administers the scheme - announced the cost of the card would rise £25 from £20 in March but failed to say when the new price would be introduced.

CSCS Ltd announced last week the new price would come into effect on July 1 - giving firms 12 working days to gather renewals paperwork to avoid the price rise.

Civil Engineering Contractors Association chief executive Rosemary Beales has written to new CSCS chief executive Brian Adams warning that the short time frame could hit the take up of the skills card.

She wrote: 'In the recent Ceca audit of CSCS card take up it was revealed that applications have now reached a plateau and indeed in some cases are starting to fall. Whilst it is understood there may well be a need increase the application cost, it is felt that this short time frame for implementation will have an adverse effect and could lead to a further fall off in take-up rates.'

Ceca is calling for a three-month delay for the new price.

A spokesman added: 'This sort of thing is very unhelpful.'