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Drivers flouting mobile phone and seatbelt laws

19 February 2019

The road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has called for a crackdown on drivers breaking phone and seatbelt laws. The call follows the publication of a new Department for Transport survey that reveals the scale of criminal non-compliance in the UK.

New framework for Government and public sector development projects

18 February 2019

The Cabinet Office has published details of a new seven-year procurement framework introduced to make it easier for construction firms to bid for work on government projects.

Energy price caps to rise in April

15 February 2019

The energy regulator, Ofgem, has announced that the price cap for customers on default tariffs will increase by £117–£1254 per year from 1 April for the six-month “summer” price cap period. The price cap for prepayment meter customers will increase by £106–£1242 per year for the same period.

Safer, driverless cars by 2021?

13 February 2019

The Government has unveiled its plans for fully self-driving cars to be on the UK’s roads by 2021, in a move which could potentially affect the operation and safety of a wide range of vehicle-based businesses, including taxi services, couriers and transportation companies.

Preventing drownings — advice for dutyholders

12 February 2019

New guidance has been produced to help site managers and land owners reduce the high rate of drownings in the UK’s rivers, reservoirs, canals, lakes and harbours.

Ofgem takes action to protect consumers

11 February 2019

The energy regulator, Ofgem, has taken action to protect consumers as January saw two more UK suppliers fail.

Cleaning up hand car washes

8 February 2019

MPs have accused the Government of turning a blind eye to exploitation of workers in the hand car wash sector, amid concerns about modern slavery within the industry’s workforce.

Government plans for overhaul of housing complaints system

8 February 2019

The Government has announced proposals to set up a new complaints service covering the whole housing market. The new Housing Complaints Resolution Service will be designed to provide both homeowners and tenants with “simple and quick” access to help when things go wrong. The service will cover everything from broken boilers to cracks in the wall, the Government states.

New investment to improve cyber security of digital devices

7 February 2019

With threats to computer networks and data systems constantly evolving, the Government has announced more investment to help support UK organisations to be as secure from “cyber attacks” as possible.

Five-year antimicrobial resistance action plan launched

25 January 2019

The Government has launched a five-year action plan, along with a 20-year vision for the future, outlining the UK's contribution to containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance in health, animals, the environment and the food chain by 2040.