Queen’s Speech missed opportunity to decarbonise homes

19 May 2022

The Government recently set out its legislative programme for the next session of Parliament (see Queen’s Speech promises levelling up, education reform and Brexit opportunities) but, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) it should have included another proposal.

Employers back practical work experience for young people

19 May 2022

Most employers (85%) have skills shortages in their workforce or expect to have shortages in the next five years, according to new research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which found that digital skills and problem solving skills are the main problem areas.

Now Wales plans to set up a Freeport

19 May 2022

Following previous reports of Freeports to be established in England and Scotland (see Confirming regulations and maps of Freeports published and Government invites bids for Green Freeports in Scotland), details have now been announced of a £26 million deal to create one in Wales.

Council fined over hand-arm vibration issues

18 May 2022

After several employees carrying out work in the highways department developed a debilitating nerve condition, as a result of failure to control exposure to vibration, Lancashire County Council found itself in court.