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    Homes at risk to floods and water shortages if housing and water planning rules are not urgently reformed

    A cross-party inquiry, published by Policy Connect and the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum on 19th June, warns that government needs to urgently implement a brand new ‘Bricks and Water’ Sustainability Code for all homes being built.

    As the government advances on its target to build 1.5 million new homes by 2022, properties are at risk flooding and water shortages.

    The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) is warning that government must rethink its approach to the housebuilding agenda to include flooding and drought risks in people’s homes.

     

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    Policy Connect and UK Research & Innovation join forces to launch Zero Plastic Waste policy initiative

    This project will feature a series of parliamentary meetings examining how to achieve the vision of Zero Plastic Waste and how the UK can become the global leader on this issue.

    The parliamentary meetings will inform a final publication that aims to disseminate the evidence collected and provide a framework and recommendations for policy-makers and industry.

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    Government announces review of carbon monoxide alarm in the home regulations

    Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP has announced a review of regulations governing when carbon monoxide alarms must be installed in homes.

    This welcome announcement follows our 2017 policy recommendations, and ongoing conversations between All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carbon Monoxide (APPCOG) members, Eddie Hughes MP, and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and growing support for APPCOG's recommended changes to current regulations from Barry Sheerman MP and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee. 

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    Angela Rayner, Lilian Greenwood and Gillian Keegan MP address the Skills Commission reception

    Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Angela Rayner MP, and Conservative's Gillian Keegan addressed a reception held by the Skills Commission for its Spotlight On... series of research.

    The research series focuses on struggling parts of the skills system, including young people who don't achieve passing grades, older workers, and apprenticeships and social mobility.

    "We need to think about the more than 50% who don't go to university" said Angela Rayner MP, "We all benefit when people access education... Adult education has a role to play in raising productivity, and reduces unemployment."

    Chair, Peter Mayhew-Smith, commented that "the Spotlight Reports are about making sure people from challenging backgrounds get the support needed".