Cabinet Office issues further guidance for construction contracts

The Cabinet Office published yesterday some further guidance on how PPN 02/20 is to be applicable to existing construction contracts. These new instructions consist of advice on the steps to take to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and a model deed of variation for contracting authorities to use and ensure that the same hardship is not used twice to access public financial support. It seems thus that the Government is (rightly) worried that some contracts might be tempted to obtain support via PPN 02/20 within the context of a contract *and* also from other COVID-19 support schemes such as the salary support for furloughed employees.