What's New

Clean growth strategy pledges zero waste by 2050

17 October 2017

The Government has announced new measures to achieve “zero avoidable waste” by 2050 including a commitment to prevent all food waste entering landfill by 2030.

Equality a key priority in Scottish City Deals strategy

14 October 2017

In Scotland the Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a programme of work to engage with local authorities and their partners across the country on City Region Deals. The work will ensure that the deals, which represent over £2 billion in investment to improve urban areas, benefit everyone in the communities concerned, particularly women, disabled people and ethnic minorities.

Leesman report on workplace effectiveness

13 October 2017

A new report has been published which looks at how a poorly planned workplace can have a negative impact on employees, inhibiting their ability to perform.

Consultation on proposal to amend asbestos regulations

13 October 2017

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has made a proposal to change regulation 22 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Health and Wellbeing Week 2017 — positive mental health

12 October 2017

Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week is set to take place again in 2017, from 23 to 27 October, this year focusing on helping to create positive mental health for workers.

FM benchmarks report

11 October 2017

The FM Research and Benchmarking Institute (RBI) of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), in conjunction with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), has recently published definitive benchmarks for FM professionals covering janitorial, maintenance, utility costs and sustainable practices.

Safety standards for the installation and maintenance of powered gates

11 October 2017

Powered gates and barriers are an increasingly important part of a multi-faceted security plan in both commercial and domestic buildings, in particular public and multiple occupancy buildings. However, the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) considers that less than 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in the UK are installed and maintained safely.

Prime Minister announces plans to revive cap on energy prices

11 October 2017

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has promised to revive a plan to cap energy prices for some consumers. The plan was initially part of the Conservative manifesto for the 2017 general election. However, after the party formed a minority government in June the pledge appeared to have been dropped, with no mention of it in the Queen’s Speech.

Four parliamentary committees launch joint inquiry on air quality

11 October 2017

MPs from four parliamentary committees will team up to scrutinise the Government’s revised plans to reduce the harmful effects of air pollution on public health and the environment.