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Construction: Contracts

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 92307, tabled on 21 November 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it his Department's policy that consumers who have been subject to fraudulent smash and grab minor works contracts are entitled to compensation.

Answered on

24 November 2022

The Government is aware that JCT Minor Works Building Contracts are generally unsuitable for domestic clients. The Government recommends that homeowners carefully read the requirements of any construction contract, and it is also advisable that homeowners consider obtaining legal advice before signing a contract.

If consumers have suffered from malpractice in relation to building work under any form of contract, they can report this to Local Authority Trading Standards. The Department does not collect statistics on the use of JCT Minor Works Building Contracts by domestic clients, or adjudications or disputes relating to these.

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