News and comment

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

A charity shop.

Guide to re-opening charity shops after lockdown

The Charity Retail Association has published a guide to re-opening charity shops after coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

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A playing field.

Pandemic guidance: advice on re-opening outdoor facilities

Good news for many voluntary sector organisations, as the Government says some sports facilities in England can reopen and offers guidance on how to manage safety risks during the pandemic.

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A room at Powis Castle.

Organisations caring for historic & cultural assets during COVID-19

Heritage and cultural organisations have particular concerns about protecting collections and managing security during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Floods caused by storms.

Charities face up to storm damage after Ciara and Dennis

Charities ranging from a puppy training centre to a library hit by extreme weather

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An ageing hospital building.

Hospital chiefs warn of climate impacts on ageing buildings

Health chiefs in Teesside say their older hospital buildings are vulnerable to extreme weather impacts.

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A pound coin.

National Living Wage set to increase by 6.2%

Charities will need to spend more as nearly 3m workers are set to get pay increases

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Ofgem proposes tougher regulation for energy suppliers

Energy regulator opens consultation on new checks to protect both business and domestic customers. Energy costs can be a significant burden for charities, and facilities managers can spent a lot of time trying to find the best gas and electricity tariffs.

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Energy firms accused of ‘greenwashing’ renewable energy tariffs

The consumer organisation Which? Says many energy companies “risk misleading their customers” about renewable electricity. The warning comes as many charity facilities managers seek to switch to energy from renewable energy suppliers.

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A church.

4th round Places of Worship security scheme opens next month 

The Home Office has announced a new round of funding through The Places of Worship Protective Security Scheme.

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The EU flag and the Union Jack.

Arts Council issues guidance on no-deal Brexit 

Arts Council England has published a guide to help arts and cultural organisations prepare for the UK exiting from the European Union without a withdrawal agreement.

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Government announces £1m funding for community ‘pocket parks’

Up to £15,000 funding for small new parks and up to £25,000 available for renovating existing parks.

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