Contractor submitted a critical document to the local council for approval. The council have now confirmed there will be a delay to the response. The document approval is on the critical path of the accepted programme and the contractor has issued a CE to the client claiming this delay affecting cost and time.
The contractor is working under NEC4 Option A.
My query is what Compensation Event would this fall under as it’s nothing to do with the Client but the local council. Should the Client pay for a delay caused by the council?