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Trade bodies unite on “Aldous Bill”

20 March 2018

An industry coalition has united 64 construction and maintenance trade bodies in backing MP Peter Aldous’ Bill which aims to reform late and unfair payment practices that are damaging the industry.

New planning laws for councils

17 March 2018

Responding to the new planning laws that will fall under the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, the Local Government Association (LGA) says that councils are currently approving 9 in 10 planning applications, “which shows that the planning system is working well and is not a barrier to building”.

Creating a new FM contract

16 March 2018

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) have announced a joint initiative to explore the potential to develop a completely new form of contract explicitly for facilities management (FM).

Chewing gum tax

16 March 2018

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for a tax to be introduced on chewing gum to help pay for cleaning UK streets.

Microplastic found in bottled water

15 March 2018

Microplastics have been found in “almost all” samples of bottled water analysed from around the world, new study finds.

Review of driving laws in preparation for self-driving vehicles

15 March 2018

The Government has announced the launch of a three-year regulatory review to pave the way to develop, test and drive self-driving vehicles on UK roads.

First 10 companies to achieve new H&S standard

14 March 2018

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has announced the names of the first 10 companies to achieve conformity with the new international standard for occupational health and safety.

UK businesses want to remain tied to European standards, post-Brexit

14 March 2018

Businesses, trade bodies, trade unions, consumer groups and academia want the UK to remain a full member of the European Standards Organisation when Britain leaves the EU.

The AI workforce is here

13 March 2018

The authors of a new book, Beyond Genuine Stupidity — Ensuring AI Serves Humanity, have looked at human job roles that could be transformed or eliminated completely by the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics over the next decade from 2020 to 2030.

It’s here: ISO 45001 finally launched

13 March 2018

The new international global standard for occupational health and safety management systems has, after a long, and at times contentious, development journey, finally been launched.