Safety case principles for high-rise residential buildings

13 September 2021

Following the introduction of the Building Safety Bill into Parliament, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published some early messages on the proposed new safety case regime for high-rise residential buildings.

Gig economy prompts revised guidance on driving and riding for work

13 September 2021

Updated guidance on work-related road risk (WRRR) for employers and workers has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department for Transport (DfT) in the context of the expansion of the gig economy and the increasing use of personal vehicles for work purposes: the “grey fleet”.

Government to invest billions in affordable homes

9 September 2021

Part of the largest single investment in affordable housing in a decade, the Affordable Homes Programme funding will deliver around 119,000 homes, including 57,000 for ownership, 29,600 for social rent and 6250 affordable rural homes.

Government targets under-18s to boost vaccine take-up

9 September 2021

With support from TikTok and MTV, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched a new campaign targeting under-18s and their parents to encourage more teenagers to get vaccinated.

The virus remains a hazard

7 September 2021

With children returning to school in much of England and people once again attending sports and music events in their thousands, many experts are predicting a rise in Covid-19 cases.

Threat of cement shortages later this year

7 September 2021

According to trade union Unite, the construction industry will face severe cement shortages this autumn if lorry drivers employed by Hanson, on the Castle Cement contract, vote for strike action in a dispute over pay.

PFAS “widely detected” in English watercourses

7 September 2021

The Environment Agency’s Chief Scientist’s Group has concluded a review into environmental monitoring data on poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in English rivers, estuaries and groundwater to evaluate PFAS use, sources and environmental pathways.