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Nearly Half of Repair and Refurb Sites fail Safety Checks

Nov 1st 2013 -- Annette McGill

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says it found dangerous practices and poor standards at nearly half the repair and refurbishments sites it visited in September.

As part of a nationwide construction safety campaign, HSE inspectors visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place. Basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites. 


Imperial War Museum issues tender to run Visitor and Security Services

Oct 9th 2013 -- Annette McGill

The Imperial War Museum Group has issued a tender to private companies to take over the running of its visitor services. The museum says it will decide in December whether to keep visitor services and security services in-house or contract them out.

The museum runs five sites including the Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast. It currently employs some 200 staff in visitor services and security roles.

Complaints to Southern Water up by 77%

Oct 3rd 2013 -- Annette McGill

Customer complaints to Southern Water have gone up by 77% this year.  Meanwhile Thames Water recieved 32,232 written complaints from its customers in the year to 31 March 2013, the highest number of any water company.

The failings were announced by the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) in its annual report on written customer complaints.