News and blogs

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

New workplace study critical of focus on occupation density

A new report says improved workplaces could improve business productivity by as much as 3.5% and deliver a £70m boost to UK productivity.  The report, entitled 'The Workplace Advantage', was issued by the Stoddart Review, a not-for-profit initiative bringing together business leaders and workplace professionals to look at workplace strategies.

Grants available for church roof alarms

The Allchurches Trust has announced a grants scheme to enable churches to install roof alarms to deter metal thieves. 

Churches can apply for a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a roof alarm system. The alarm system must be approved by their insurer, and the church’s governing body must commit to maintain the system for five years. The closing date for applications is February 28th 2107.  

11th Century Gloucester Cathedral installs solar panels

Gloucester Cathedral is installing solar panels as part of plan to make ancient building fit for the future.

Gloucester Cathedral plans to install up to 200 solar panels on on its roof. The panels will generate 25,000 kilowatts of energy - and will enable the Cathedral to reduce its energy bills by a quarter.

Historical society fined over stolen laptop and "serious" data breach

A historical society has been fined after after a laptop containing sensitive personal data was stolen while a member of staff was working away from the office.

BIFM loses another Chief Executive

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has announced the immediate departure of Chief Executive Brian Perry.

Charity Commission launches new anti-fraud website

The Charity Commission this week launched a new website designed to help charities fight fraud. The website,, offers guidance on how to spot the warning signs of fraud, how to reduce risk, how to report fraud when it takes place, as well as the latest news on fraud and anti-fraud measures. 

Government paper on flood resilience highlights vulnerability of critical infrastructure

The government's new policy paper on flood resilience has found that hundreds of critical infrastructure sites are at serious risk from floods. 

The government published the long-awaited National Flood Resilience Review on September 8, 2016. The Review looked at assessing flood risk, reducing the likelihood of flooding, and making the country as resilient as possible to flooding.

Select Committee on Charities calls for evidence

The Select Committee on Charities has published a call for written evidence. It is looking for evidence that provides for examples of best practice, innovation and ideas to bring the voluntary sector together to ensure that it can thrive. The closing date is 5 September, 2016.

The call covers a wide range of topics, including: