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Updated guidance calls for second staircases in all new high-rise residential buildings

The government has updated its guidance calling for second staircases in all new tall residential buildings over 18 metres from 30 September 2026. The change in guidance adds to a package of recent fire safety measures and reforms including the ...

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Countdown clock is ticking on Government grants for EV chargepoint installations

From this Sunday, businesses have one year left to claim the hundreds of pounds available for each chargepoint installed. Most of the financial incentives still available from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) will close on 31 March 2025. ...

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GPA publishes guidance to improve biodiversity across government estate

The Government Property Agency (GPA) has published new guidance – Biodiversity and Nature Recovery Annex (BNRA) – detailing how it will protect and improve the natural environment across the extensive estate it manages. As the largest office property holder in ...

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Workforce health, safety and wellbeing should be at the heart of economic growth, says British Safety Council

Ahead of a UK General Election expected this year, British Safety Council has published a manifesto containing policies to support better productivity and growth as well as ensure a healthier, safer and happier workforce. The UK lost an estimated 32.5 ...

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PM to unveil major package of reforms to support SMEs

In the Prime Minister’s first economic speech since the Spring Budget, Rishi Sunak will today be announcing a major reform package to boost apprenticeships and cut red tape for thousands of small businesses, along with the establishment of a new ...

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Employers urged to back homelessness pledge

Six months since the launch of the Government-backed Homelessness Covenant, more than 160 businesses have registered their interest in joining the Government’s drive to help prevent and end homelessness, starting in the workplace. Employers across the country are being urged ...

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Government must ‘act now’ on energy storage or risk energy security and net zero

A House of Lords committee has warned the Government that it must “act fast” to ensure long-duration energy storage technologies can scale up in time to play a vital role in decarbonising the electricity system and ensuring energy security by ...

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GPA appoints strategic partners

Two new strategic partners have been appointed to provide professional services for the Government Property Agency’s (GPA) Capital Programmes. The new contracts cover, design, and specialist services for the Government Hubs and Whitehall Campus Programmes and a variety of client ...

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Government launches Occupational Health Taskforce to tackle in-work sickness

Businesses will be urged to tackle in-work sickness and stop people falling out the workforce, following the appointment of Dame Carol Black as the Government’s new Occupational Health Tsar. Dame Carol, who has decades of experience in medicine and policy ...

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Report sets out next steps following Council’s four-day week trial, despite Government calls for the trial to end

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s four-day week trial has seen £434,000 less spent on agency staff covering hard to fill roles, according to a new report. This has been achieved by filling 10 permanent roles that the Council previously struggled to ...

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