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Articles on central, European, local

  • Living Wage: how many firms will adopt it?Much has been made in this election campaign about the cost of living and wage growth, zero-hours contracts and the financial hardship still facing many, writes Graeme Davies. 22/04/2015
  • Tories pledge tax-free minimum wageNo one earning the minimum wage will have to pay income tax, according to the Conservative's manifesto published this week. 15/04/2015
  • Labour's manifesto promises a 'green economy'The Labour Party has launched its manifesto promising that it will pursue a green economy should it come into power. 14/04/2015
  • Businesses slam 'threat to flexible labour market'Labour's plans to overhaul zero-hours contracts have been attacked in an open letter from 100 business leaders. 13/04/2015
  • Parliament to flee to QEII centre as Palace sinksMPs and peers are set to move from the Palace of Westminster to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre when the Houses of Parliament undergo essential renovation, according to a news report. 13/04/2015
  • Analysis: Government reports £11bn in property efficiency savingsThe recent State of the Estate report suggests that central government's property estate is down by a fifth and the government has vacated 2,018 buildings the equivalent of one a day since 2010, writes Herpreet Grewal 10/04/2015
  • Big outsourcers set to profit from shrinking stateAmong the many tweaks made in the Budget, chancellor George Osborne made one concession that could prove to be hugely significant to the outsourcing sector, and many FM companies within it, writes Graeme Davies. 09/04/2015
  • Share in the communityAt West Berkshire Community Hospital, the sharing of day-to-day and project information between the facilities team and its Trust clients is critical, as Martin Read reports 09/04/2015
  • Tri it and see?In October 2010, Westminster City Council, Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough Council, and Kensington & Chelsea London Borough Council combined specific areas of service delivery as a response to financial pressures facing local government. It was a gutsy answer to challenging times but should this model be adopted more widely? Nick Martindale investigates. 09/04/2015
  • The City, slickerAgile working, changing demographics, corporate flexibility and the quality of public realm are all factors at play in an evolving City of London, as a new report reveals. Martin Read picks out some key findings. 09/04/2015
  • Analysis: Budget brings good news for apprenticeshipsBudget measures announced by George Osborne this month have been welcomed by those in the FM and built environment sectors, writes Herpreet Grewal. 08/04/2015
  • French design business buys The Landscape GroupThe Landscape Group has been acquired by French landscape design, construction and maintenance business, id verde. 08/04/2015
  • Newport Norse takes three school cleaning dealsNewport Norse has been awarded three contracts to provide cleaning services at local educational establishments. 08/04/2015
  • Analysis: Place Partnership asset vehicle gears upLast July FM World reported that the idea of a new asset vehicle scheme was being touted as a way to manage various public sector properties across the West Midlands. Herpreet Grewal follows up on its progress. 02/04/2015
  • Plan to devolve NHS funds is a game-changerMuch has been made recently of the funding issues facing the National Health Service as the ageing population leans ever more heavily on our 'free at the point of care' system 02/04/2015
  • New tax breaks for energy-saving technologyWaste heat energy recovery technology will now be included in the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme for energy-changing technologies, affecting financial support for businesses. 01/04/2015
  • 'Security guards working illegally in UK' probe revealsThousands of security guards could be working illegally in the UK, an undercover BBC investigation has claimed. 27/03/2015
  • Incentive FM signs up to the Living WageIncentive FM Group has become the latest FM service provider to be accredited as a Living Wage provider for employees in its central services team. 27/03/2015
  • BIFM and NHS announce partnershipNHS Property Services Ltd, has announced a partnership with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) to provide membership and professional development for 1,500 of its FM employees. 26/03/2015
  • Staff wellbeing maintains profits and productivity, says reportThere is a direct relationship between wellbeing and healthcare costs, productivity and more, says a report by analyst Global Workplace Analytics. 25/03/2015
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