The government has moved to dispel mounting concern about the knock-on effect of construction firm Carillion’s collapse, amid fears for the many companies and workers that relied on it for business. Carillion, which managed hundreds of public sector projects and vital public services, collapsed into liquidation after last-ditch rescue talks failed, with a team from accountancy firm PwC drafted in to help manage the process.
The government’s Insolvency Service urged Carillion’s 19,500 UK staff to go to work as usual and assured them they would get paid to continue providing services such as school dinners, hospital cleaning and prison maintenance.
Labour and the Unite union called for an urgent inquiry into Carillion’s collapse. Jon Trickett, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, said: “Given £2bn worth of government contracts were awarded in the time three profit warnings were given by Carillion, a serious investigation needs to be launched into the government’s handling of this matter.”
Unite also expressed concern about the impact on the wider supply chain, warning that many small firms were now at serious risk of collapse.