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BESA has appointed Helen Yeulet as director of training to overhaul the organisation’s focus on skills programmes and how it supports apprenticeships working in the built environment sector.
A new Environment Bill proposed by the government should be used to introduce strong, legally binding targets for improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), BESA has said.
Several industry bodies have called for planned amendments by the government to the powers of the Small Business Commissioner to be expanded to apply to the construction and built environment sector.
Devolved authorities in Scotland and Wales could set important precedents to introduce ringfenced cash retention schemes for private sector contracts to help tackle industry concerns about bad payment practice, industry body BESA has said.
Clean air campaigner Rosamund Adoo Kissi-Debrah, who is the UK’s first World Health Organisation advocate for air quality and health, has joined BESA’s group for Health and Wellbeing in Buildings. The group is looking to turn buildings into safe havens from air pollution.
Fears across Whitehall of another insolvency of a major construction group, similar in scale to the collapse of Carillion last year, reflects a continued lack of political action on payment practices, BESA has warned.
A survey of over 600 hundred business owners working across the HVAC and building services sector has found a strong majority have suffered stress and other significant mental health issues as a result of poor payment practices.
The industry’s calls to define a clear direction for leaving the EU, while fully avoiding the ‘worst case-scenario’ of a no-deal withdrawal will continue for at least several more months with an additional New Year Brexit extension agreed and a General Election set for 12 December.
BESA has welcomed some of the broad initiatives outlined in this week’s Queen’s Speech as a step towards much needed reforms for the HVAC and building services sector. However, the organisation said it was disappointed about a lack of clear commitments to ending poor payment practices in the legislative agenda for the new parliament.
Commitments to push for the formation of a new building safety regulator by Secretary of State for Housing, Local Government and Communities Robert Jenrick have been welcomed by BESA as an example of a cross-party political consensus for drastic post-Grenfell reforms.