All lockdown restrictions could be lifted by 21 June

22 February 2021

Arguing that it is impossible to totally eliminate the threat of Covid, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out his plan for lifting the current lockdown, balancing continued caution with the need to restore freedoms and boost the economy.

EU set to recognise UK data protection regime

22 February 2021

Despite the fact that its data protection rules largely mirrored the EU’s own General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), when the UK came out of the transition period on 1 January 2021, it was no longer recognised by the EU has having “adequacy” in this regard.

Interim Environmental Governance Secretariat launched

22 February 2021

The Interim Environmental Governance Secretariat (IEGS) has launched and will operate until later in the year when the proposed Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) is expected to be established.

Guidance on RoHS exemptions

22 February 2021

The Government has published guidance on how exemptions may be granted for manufacturers, importers or distributers of electrical and electronic equipment if their use of the restricted hazardous substances (RoHS) meets one or more of the criteria.

Firms fined due to unsafe asbestos removal

22 February 2021

Samer Constructions Ltd and Swift Property Management MCR Ltd have both been fined after failing to manage asbestos safely during a refurbishment of a former office block in Stockport.

Microplastics mystery on Cumbria coast

19 February 2021

Large quantities of microplastics have mysteriously washed up on a number of north-west beaches over the last three months, posing a threat to local wildlife.