A new financing framework called The Green Deal is to be launched next autumn as part of the recently unveiled Energy Act 2011. The government hopes this will revolutionise the energy efficiency of both domestic and commercial properties within Britain, enabling improvements to be funded by a charge on energy bills avoiding the need for consumers to pay the cost of improvements upfront.
New cigarette safety standards are to be implemented which could have a major impact in reducing the number of people killed or significantly injured as a result of house fires.
The latest fire statistics for 2010/2011 were released on Friday 25th November.
The end of last month saw the publication of the government’s long awaited review into health and safety regulation. The report, Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation chaired by Professor Ragnar E. Lofstedt, examined over 200 sets of health and safety regulations and 53 approved codes of practice (ACoPs) to consider whether on the basis of risk and evidence current health and safety regulations are appropriate.