Government Business 30.02

Another Hunt budget

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt recently published his spring budget, including further help with energy costs and extended provision of childcare.

Missing from the budget was any statement on public sector pay or any big announcements on the NHS. However, funding was announced for pot holes, which will be welcome for many in local government and the public at large.

The chancellor also announced funding for leisure centres and swimming pools, which as you will see in our energy feature on p. 72 have been struggling for some time now. Many across the country have been finding innovative ways to keep their heads above water.

Our waste management section looks at ways that savings can be made on local bin collections and how electric refuse vehicles have been rolled out around the country.

We also cover a lot on facilities in this issue, including cleaning, fire safety and asbestos management.

Finally several event previews are included throughout the issue, providing an overview of the best events for facilities management, fire safety, health & safety and security, which you can visit in the coming months.

Polly Jones, editor

Event Diary

Solutions for Councils and Landlords