Opinion

    Portrait Wendy Chamberlain MP

    Unpaid carers need a legal right to unpaid leave to support their wellbeing

    Unpaid carers are the backbone of our society. It is a cliché but it is true. There are an estimated 2.3 million people providing care to their family, friends and neighbours around the country.

    By Wendy Chamberlain MP on 07 September 2022

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    How can we avoid this being a winter of discontent?

    We now know the real extent of the rise we can expect in energy prices this autumn. An 80 per cent increase. Just take that in for a moment.

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 04 September 2022

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    It’s time to up our game on preventing occupational diseases

    “What gets measured gets managed.” So said Peter Drucker, the well-known management thinker. And it’s generally true. Unfortunately, when it comes to protecting the physical health of our workers from exposures that cause disease and death, we tend to count the corpses rather than focus on controlling the exposures that produce them.

    By Steve Perkins, Steve Perkins Associates on 16 August 2022

    Portrait (2) Clive Betts

    Leaseholders and social housing providers on the hook for significant costs

    Government plans to fix the building safety crisis leave leaseholders and social housing providers on the hook for significant costs, writes Clive Betts, the MP and Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee.

    By Clive Betts MP on 08 August 2022

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    What a scorcher! How well did we respond to the heatwave?

    So, how was the recent heatwave for you? That is not a flippant question. I ask it in the knowledge that, almost without exception, every person in the UK and a lot in Europe, will have experienced it in one way or another this summer.

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 08 August 2022

    Layla Moran MP

    Long Covid: employers need guidelines on managing its impact on affected workers

    When I wrote for this publication last July, the number of people living with Long Covid had reached one million, a grim milestone.

    By Layla Moran MP on 29 July 2022

    Bruce Craig

    Offshore oil & gas and shipping: a complex legal picture

    Although in recent years there has been a movement towards renewable energy, the UK continues to rely heavily on the North Sea offshore oil and gas industry to meet its energy needs. It is therefore fair to say that rumours of the demise of offshore oil and gas are greatly exaggerated.

    By Bruce Craig, Pinsent Masons on 22 July 2022

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    England still lagging behind on fire safety in residential blocks

    June 28th was anxiously awaited by millions of leaseholders across the country. It marked the date at which the protections in the Building Safety Act came into force, past which no leaseholder (in a building above 11 metres) could be given a bill to replace the flammable cladding on their building.

    By Lucy Brown, UK Cladding Action Group on 13 July 2022

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    Managing fire safety in high-risk residential buildings: the challenges ahead

    Last month, the industry marked five years since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, remembering the 72 people who lost their lives, those who were injured, and their families and friends, and reflecting on the impact the disaster has had on the local community and residents in high-rise buildings across the country.

    By Andrew Bulmer on 13 July 2022

    Ruth Jones Mp

    A new Clean Air Act is needed to protect people from air pollution

    There are many responsibilities on government and on Parliamentarians and one of the most important, if not the most important, is to protect the environment and preserve our world. That’s why Labour declared a climate emergency and that’s why we want Tory ministers to act and act now.

    By Ruth Jones MP on 13 July 2022