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Five-year electrical checks to be compulsory for landlords

Landlords must have electrical installations in their rental homes checked every five years under new rules. The new mandatory requirement for PRS landlords is one of a number of safety measures to be brought in by the government, which has also l...


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Apprenticeship service for all employers postponed to March 2020

Following the introduction of the apprenticeship reforms in May 2017, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has announced its intention to extend current contracts for training providers delivering training for employers that do not pay the appr...


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Increased funding announced for disabled people with the greatest barriers to work

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, has announced increased funding to support businesses that provide extra employment support for disabled people with the greatest barriers to work. When the Work Choice employment progra...


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Call for businesses to prevent work-related lung cancer

Businesses are being urged to save lives by accessing free practical resources to reduce the toll of work-related lung cancer. A staggering 260,000 people die annually from lung, trachea and bronchus cancers caused by carcinogenic exposures at wor...


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Positive response to RICS-IFMA procurement statement

Last month, RICS in collaboration with IFMA released its first professional statement on procurement in facilities management. The announcement is a timely one, with attentions from both inside and outside the industry having been sharply focused ...


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Government clarifies building regulations fire safety guidance

The government has clarified building regulations fire safety guidance, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt, and is seeking views on the revisions in a consultation launched on 19 July. The Secretary of State for Communities, Rt...