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Carillion, the UK’s second largest construction firm, went into compulsory liquidation on Monday 15 January with £1.5bn of debt, including a £587m pension shortfall.

The government has said it will provide funding to ensure Carillion’s 450 public services contracts continue but this will not apply to private contracts. FIS has actively supported the Ten Minute Rule Bill which seeks to amend the 1996 Construction Act and ensure that retentions within construction are held in a third party trust scheme. The Bill will receive a second reading on 27 April. Evidence of retentions abuse will add support to this Bill, so please email if you have anything, all evidence will remain confidential.

If your business will be impacted by Carillion’s collapse, please let us know as we can direct you to the free legal advice provided by Womble Bond Dickinson. Contact the FIS office on 0121 707 0077 or email

Below is a list of statements, websites and support numbers for those affected by the collapse of Carillion:


31 January – CITB is offering an apprentice adoption grant as it continues to support the Carillion workforce and supply chain. Read more  

Business Secretary chairs taskforce to support small businesses and workers affected by Carillion insolvency

CITB is calling on all former Carillion apprentices to get in contact so it can help them continue their training – and for employers to step forward to take them on

CITB Statement and Support for Apprentices

PwC – Special Managers 0800 063 9282

Cabinet Office – Government protects essential public services

Womble Bond Dickinson

HMRC outlines support for affected businesses

Build UK Statement

BEIS – Business Secretary outlines departmental action following Carillion liquidation

BEIS Business Support Hotline – 0300 456 3565

Pensions – 020 7630 2715