Changing Places toilets to be added to Building Regulations

18 September 2020

We reported in January 2019 on Government plans to launch a consultation on proposals to require new developments such as shopping centres, cinemas and theme parks to provide Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people (see“Changing Places” consultation).

Welcome for register of environmental health officers and Covid marshals

18 September 2020

The Government’s plans to introduce a register of environmental health officers (EHOs) for councils to turn to in enforcing rules during the pandemic, alongside Covid-19 secure marshals to help ensure social distancing in town and city centres, has been welcomed by experts.

Inspection deferral for new dangerous goods vehicles

18 September 2020

The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued an authorisation notice which allows new tank vehicles to enter into service and be used on the roads of Great Britain without an ADR1(C) certificate issued under the provisions of the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).

Will Brexit freight system be ready on time?

17 September 2020

According to Logistics UK, it has been told that the Government’s much anticipated SMART Freight system is unlikely to be ready by the end of the year, with the BETA version only anticipated for launch in mid-December.

Economic recovery depending on temporary workers

17 September 2020

The UK Report on Jobs survey conducted by the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and KPMG shows a renewed upturn in hiring activity in August as more parts of the economy reopened following easing of coronavirus restrictions.

New funding will help kick-start building of new homes

17 September 2020

Cabinet Office Minister Lord Agnew has announced that the Government is boosting its Land Release Fund (LRF) and the One Public Estate (OPE) programme with an additional £30 million to help release surplus land for housing.

Voluntary calorie guidelines for food industry

17 September 2020

The Government has outlined new voluntary calorie guidelines for the food industry to help tackle national obesity, with the goal of reducing excessive calories in everyday foods by up to 20% by 2024.