CCC: no change to Climate Change Act required

12 December 2013

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has advised the Government that there has been “no change in the circumstances upon which the fourth carbon budget (2023–2027) was originally set in 2011 that would justify a lowering of ambition”.

Increase in assaults on NHS workers

11 December 2013

NHS Protect, the government agency that works to identify and tackle crime across the health service, has released its latest figures for 2012/13 on reported physical assaults against NHS staff in England, indicating a significant rise.

Implementation of SVHCs Roadmap workshop

11 December 2013

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has made available the presentations given at the Commission-organised workshop on the implementation of the substances of very high concern (SVHCs) Roadmap.

Call for improved betting shop safety

11 December 2013

A trade union has called for improvements to betting shop safety following a murder verdict in the case of a lone Ladbrokes shop worker.

Sustainable FM Index

10 December 2013

Clients expect FM services, whether in-house or outsourced, to be able to deliver sustainability. A new annual Sustainable FM Index report has been launched with the aim of providing a robust and transparent comparison of FM providers within the UK market.

Outsourcing cleaning can add value

10 December 2013

With the retail sector facing tough trading conditions, a new report from Emprise Services argues that retailers can use cleaning as an effective means of competitive advantage by focusing on improving the overall shopping experience for their customers.

New compliance guides to support Part L

10 December 2013

The Government has released new and amended Approved Documents and Building Services Compliance Guides to support the energy efficiency requirements of the building regulations.

Christian worker loses appeal over Sunday working

7 December 2013

Celestine Mba, a care worker in a children’s home, who claimed that she was forced to resign after she refused to work on Sundays because of her faith, has lost her legal appeal.

Renewable Heat Incentive gets a boost

6 December 2013

Greg Barker, Minister of State at DECC, last week announced new plans to improve and increase support for the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and improved rates for domestic RHIs. The scheme aims to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat sources and renewable heat alternatives by increasing tariff support for RHI installations.