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Keeping pace with the news

In less than a week we’ve had announcements on the Supreme Court rejection of the government’s Feed-in Tariff appeal, along with further news on the Renewable Heat Incentive, Renewable Heat Premium Payments and the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.

Added to these, there have been further announcements on changes to the planning regulations, new developments in asbestos exposure insurance liability, the latest announcement from the Communities and Local Government Committee on gas and electrical safety, plus ongoing consultations and changes to existing legislation.

For a journalist, the current avalanche of announcements provides a wealth of opportunities to report and disseminate. But from an industry viewpoint, I’m increasingly concerned at the difficulties presented by this constantly changing landscape.

While a news item, either within H&V News or online at, serves to bring these developments to the attention of the industry, there are inevitably more complexities to consider that will vary according to each business.

And when the developments occur on a daily basis, how can everyone keep pace with all the details and implications?

The industry is fortunate in having a number of excellent trade bodies that can assist with explaining the details of all this, but I imagine that there are many industry professionals who would appreciate a lie-down in a darkened room at present!