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.


To deliver zero cash retention.


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


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Roadmap To Zero Retentions

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Abolish Retention in Construction

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Build UK and CECA Response to Retentions Consultation

Retention Payments in the Construction Industry: A Response from Build UK and CECA

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