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Views sought on revised ACOPs

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched consultations on the revised content of two Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs). Changes to the ACOPs Workplace health, safety and welfare regulations (L24) and Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances (L56) have been developed by HSE and industry stakeholders. Following an initial […]

Call for increased awareness of Corporate Manslaughter

Gas Safety Management Conference 2013 called for an increased awareness by senior management in social housing of Corporate Manslaughter responsibilities. H&V News – published on 30/4/2013   Keynote speaker David Kidney, who is the Chair of the Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum and a former MP and DECC Minister, said: “Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning […]

Woman dies after Tewkesbury gas explosion

A 34-year-old woman has died following a gas explosion in Gloucestershire. Emergency services were called to a flat in High Street, Tewkesbury, on Wednesday evening following reports of the blast. A Gloucestershire Police spokeswoman said the cause of the explosion was not believed to be suspicious. “The victim was taken by air ambulance to Frenchay […]

Edinburgh confirms no eviction policy

Edinburgh Council has adopted a ‘no eviction’ policy for tenants affected by the ‘bedroom tax’. The local authority agreed that ‘where the director of services for communities was satisfied that tenants who were subject to the under-occupation charge had done all they reasonably could to avoid falling in to arrears, then all legitimate means to […]

Council to allocate sites for major house build plan

A council in the north of England has put forward proposals for an ambitious new house building programme.   City of York council hopes to see 20,000 homes over 15 years built as part of a wider economic growth package. The radical proposals, which will be considered by the council’s cabinet at a meeting later […]

CLG rejects fire safety advice

The government has rejected key recommendations from a coroner to amend building regulations in order to make tower blocks safer in the event of a fire.   Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman wrote to communities secretary Eric Pickles and housing minister Mark Prisk in February with a series of recommendations following the deaths of firefighters Alan […]

Landlord issues seven day gas check ultimatum

Tenants of a Welsh housing association face an eviction threat after a week if they do not allow gas engineers into their home. Bron Afon Community Housing has announced it is taking this tough stance to ensure 100 per cent of its homes receive the annual gas check required by law. Tenants who are not […]

Watchdog slates housing repairs service

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has been slated for management and accountability failings that have dogged its repairs and maintenance services.   A damning report published by the Northern Irish Government’s public accounts committee today said the NIHE ‘failed in its duties’ to properly manage contracts for repairs works. It was also critical of the […]