The government has also launched a consultation on the effectiveness of the 2011 changes to the Construction Act. It said it would undertake a review five years after the introduction of the changes to establish how effective the changes had been in securing the objectives of:

• increasing transparency in the exchange of information relating to payments;

• encouraging parties to resolve disputes by adjudication, where appropriate; and

• strengthening the right to suspend performance.

The government is particularly interested in the cost of the adjudication process and the extent to which that is disincentivising its use. The consultation ends on 19 January 2018.

See: consultations/2011-changes-to-part-2-of-thehousing-grants-construction-and-regenerationact-1996