Background

Cash retention – the withholding of a percentage of payment on construction work until it is completed free of defects – is intended to provide security to the industry’s clients that any defects will be rectified appropriately.

However, retentions are problematic for all parties in the supply chain and generally do not provide an appropriate or proportionate mechanism for ensuring quality and fair payment.

Objective

To deliver zero cash retention.

Outcome

To develop and implement an industry-led roadmap to phase out the use of cash retentions in construction by 2023.

Timeline

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How to get involved

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