The construction industry has taken some hefty blows following the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into cover pricing
, which resulted in millions of pounds in fines.
The OFT said most of the offences involved socalled cover pricing
, where one or more bidders arranges for competitors to put down high bids.
Local Government Association chairman Margaret Eaton said: "There are simply no excuses for collusion or cover pricing
, which leaves the public and councils to pick up the tab.
The OFT warned today's revelation could be just the tip of the iceberg, with the practice of cover pricing
described as "widespread and endemic" in the construction industry.
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Most of the offences involved so-called cover pricing
, where one or more bidders arrange for competitors to put down high bids.
This decision sends a strong message that anti-competitive and illegal practices, including cover pricing
, must cease.
Sir Simon Milton, chairman of the Local Government Association, said: "There are simply no excuses for collusion, bid rigging or cover pricing
which leaves the public and councils to pick up the tab.
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On another occasion it was one of five firms engaged in cover pricing
out of six bidders for a pounds 1.
Stephen Blake, one of the project directors on the case, said the OFT was not aware of the extent of cover pricing
in the construction industry before the 2004 complaint, although it had conducted a previous investigation into the practice in the roofing sector.