Tony Bingham, in his column on 3 April (page 56), made reference to “that wonderful book … A Dummies’ Guide to Risk and Shafting” to help contractors survive the recession.

NSCC offers just that book – albeit under a slightly different title! The NSCC Specialist Contractor’s Toolkit, which was published as part of the Fair Payment Campaign in 2007, provides practical advice to help specialists avoid contractual pitfalls and improve their chances of getting paid on time.

The NSCC Fair Payment Campaign has three objectives: certainty of payment, 30-day payment periods, and the removal of retentions. NSCC is encouraging the industry to support the campaign by signing up at

Copies of the NSCC Specialist Contractor’s Toolkit can be purchased from Construction Industry Publications via

Suzannah Nichol, NSCC