News and blogs

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

Government to cut back on Red Tape for Community Entertainment

The government has announced plans to exempt community venues from licensing restrictions. In future, community centres, schools, village halls and hospitals will be free to put on cultural events like dance displays and concerts without having to apply to the local council for a licence.

The new measures will be put to Parliament in the next few weeks, with the aim of bringing the measures into effect in England and Wales by April 2013.

Land-line Telephones could be Obsolete within Five Years

Landline telephones could be obsolete within five years, a new survey shows. The survey questioned 500 Chief Information Officers about the future of office technology. 65 per cent believed that landline telephones would disappear from everyday use within five years.

Innundated Properties were built on Flood Plain

The Denbighshire Housing Estate that was inundated in November''s floods was built on a flood plain. The Glasdir estate in Ruthin is still being built, but last week residents found their houses under up to three feet of water. It has emerged that the area was badly flooded as recently as 2000.

Now questions are being asked about why the Welsh Government sold the land as "prime development land" just seven years ago -- and why the local council gave planning permission.

December Meeting: Managing Rising Energy Costs

The December 2012 CFM meeting will look at the strategies available to help charity facilities managers reduce their energy bills. We will hear from members about how they are tacking the problem of rising bills - from reducing use to re-negotiating contracts.

Energy Shambles Week

<p>Britain’s energy companies are queueing up to raise prices. The government is keen to be seen to help consumers and businesses, but nobody did well this week. On Wednesday, David Cameron said: “we will be legislating so that energy companies have to give the lowest tariff to their customers”. This announcement seems to have come as a surprise to ministers, civil servants and the energy companies.

Rain and Wind signal need for Flood Preparedness

Torrential rain and 70mph winds have again caused flooding and transport chaos across parts of the UK. Facilities Managers and Site Managers may need to prepare for flooding. There are advice pages on how to prepare for and deal with flooding to your premises in our Resources section.

Conference on Building Information

A one-day conference on November 7th 2012 will look at how building information can be used to care for historic buildings. The conference, entitled "BIM and the Refurbishment of Older Buildings" will focus on recording and managing data about the physical condition of buildings, and especially the new topic of "Building Information Modelling". Delegates will learn about the importance of having relevant information in order to maintain and manage them effectively.