We are the main contractor working on the NEC3 2005 Option A contract. We have had a fully cost-loaded baseline programme accepted by the PM, which will then form the basis of our future payment applications at the end of each month (due to this being payment on 100% completion of activities). After submitting my first payment application (taken directly from the first Clause 32.2 programme), the Client QS is not accepting this due to how the programme is cost-loaded and wants changes to be made to the programme before he will begin to assess my payment application. Our first 32.2 programme submission is derived directly from our accepted baseline, just with some dates pushing out due to the recent covid delays.
My question is, is the QS allowed to request that the programme is to be re cost-loaded, just one month after baseline acceptance? My stance is that, if the QS is not happy with the cost-loading, then the baseline should not have been accepted and the queries resolves prior to this.