News and comment

This page brings together the latest news and blogs for charity facilities managers.

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Civil servants to go to 'property school'

The Cabinet Office has launched a new 'School of Government Property' for public sector staff managing the Government Estate. Ahead of the launch Director of Government Property emphasised the importance of good asset management in a changing property environment.

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New air cleaning guides aim to reduce COVID risk

How can charities ensure that they are maintaining good air quality in the workplace? The Chartered Institute of Building Services issues new guidance on how to reduce COVID-19 transmission by improving ventilation.

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Certification scheme for Building Safety Managers

New industry body the Building Safety Alliance takes first steps towards setting up a central register and certification scheme for Building Safety Managers - a new role being introduced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Survey highlights varied pandemic impacts on charities

A survey of charity trustees finds smaller charities are much more likely to have halted all services due to COVID-19

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Could Government make WFH default option?

Downing Street has confirmed the Government is considering legislation that would offer a right to work from home to all employees after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. A look at the debate.

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New Protect Duty could impact charities

The government is consulting on proposals to impose a new duty on anyone responsible for a publicly accessible location, potentially impacting charities and places of worship.

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FMs and the future of our offices

How will charity facilities staff manage changes to the workplace? Sean Bridge, facilities manager at Business in the Community, says consultation will be key.

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Call for urgent action on workplace ventilation

British Council for Offices calls for action to address poor building ventilation ahead of staff return to offices.

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A calendar showing June 2021.

COVID-19 roadmap: key dates for charities

Charity facilities managers will need to note key dates in the government roadmap and start planning for how their organisations will reopen.

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National Lottery Heritage Fund resumes grants for heritage

The Fund says new funding round is not a return to ‘business as usual’ and announces new priorities for the 2021-22 programme.

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Charity Retail Association calls for help in 2021 Budget

The Charity Retail Association has written to the Chancellor asking him to introduce new measures to safeguard charity retailers, the wider charity sector and the high street.

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