This weeks updates:
1. Post Office – ACPO Conference – Thanks to Steve Trigg for this. Staff Officer To:-Chief Constable Patrick Geenty, National Policing lead for Crime Prevention
2. Schueco UK Ltd – Bulletin 12/ 2014 - Thanks to Brian Rodger, TVP for this.
3. Draft Pubs Code
4. Architects regulation and the Architects Registration Board: call for evidence - Consultation outcome
5. New housing standard to focus on occupiers – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Herts for this.
6. Newsletter 13 – The Crime Prevention Web Site
7. Bonded Gold in UK
8. The role of planning in preventing major-accident hazards involving hazardous substances - You may wish to pass this on to your CTSA.
9. Modern slavery: resources for industry
10. Gypsy and Traveller group 'doesn't need to meet' argues minister – from ‘Inside Housing’
11. Stereotypes about social tenants 'simply wrong', report claims – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Herts for this.
12. Preventing bullying
13. HCA Newsletter
14. £1.5billion of Section 106 money remains unspent: use it to benefit town and city centres, says ATCM
15. Security at general aviation aerodromes – From NaCTSO
16. Business continuity planning – From NaCTSO
17. Secure in the knowledge – From NaCTSO
18. Know your customer – From NaCTSO
19. 700,000 new homes under this parliament - Thanks to Simon Bottom, Hants for this.

Visit the ‘Secured by Design’ web site for CPDA contact details, design guides, licence holders & application forms: www.securedbydesign.com

1. Post Office – ACPO Conference – Thanks to Steve Trigg for this. Staff Officer To:-Chief Constable Patrick Geenty, National Policing lead for Crime Prevention
Please see attached ‘Post Office – External Stakeholder Bulletin – Autumn 2014’ (item 2: ACPO Conference).
The "ACPO Conference" was comprised of a number of CPDA's who were impressed by the risk assessments being carried out by the Post Office for offices that are being revamped. Numerous fears were allayed (specifically that secure counters were being removed and large sums of money could be easily accessed), and some positive feedback to the Post Office was given resulting in a small sub group being set up. It is anticipated that the group will report back through group members in the future. ACPO CPDG will be updated next month so that information can be cascaded to all forces.

2. Schueco UK Ltd – Bulletin 12/ 2014 - Thanks to Brian Rodger, TVP for this.
A number of fabricating companies have tried to submit Schueco certification as their own 3rd party certification for SBD sites. All have been rejected and the fabricating companies are now going through the process of getting their own 3rd party certification. Schueco has subsequently issued the attached bulletin.

3. Draft Pubs Code
This is an updated draft ‘Pubs code’ that was first published in June 2014 as Annex F of ‘Pub companies and tenants: government response to the consultation’. This will be a statutory code to govern the relationship between pub-owning businesses and their tied tenants. This draft takes into account comments, advice and information we have received since the government response was published as well as the debates in Public Bill Committee. Consultation on a final draft of this Code will take place after the Bill has received Royal Assent, ensuring that the Code is fully reflective of debates during the passage of the Bill and the final provisions of the Act. The Code will then be introduced through secondary legislation. More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-pubs-code

4. Architects regulation and the Architects Registration Board: call for evidence - Consultation outcome
The Department for Communities and Local Government has completed the first part of the 2014 periodic review of the Architects Registration Board. The department received a strong response to its call for evidence as to whether or not regulation of the architect profession should continue and has concluded, that there remains a case for continued light-touch regulation based on protection of title. The department will now move to phase 2 of the review, working with all parts of the profession to identify opportunities to simplify the role of the regulator. This will focus on ensuring a level playing-field for UK architects to compete in the European Union and beyond and supporting consumer protection legislation in a way that minimises the burden for architects and schools of architecture, and avoids overlap with the role of professional bodies. The department intends to complete phase 2 by the end of the financial year. More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/architects-regulation-and-the-architects-registration-board-call-for-evidence

5. New housing standard to focus on occupiers – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Herts for this.
The new voluntary housing standard being developed by BRE will be a stamp of approval that enables householders to make informed decisions on their financial outgoings, health and wellbeing and environmental impacts. Read more
(Because security is going into Regulation it is not included in this standard. See page 5 of downloadable document)

6. Newsletter 13 – The Crime Prevention Web Site
The Home page is available at: http://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com/ The newsletter if you don’t already receive it is available to subscribe to at: http://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com/contact/684/newsletter/

7. Bonded Gold in UK
Clarification of the term ‘bonded gold’ following a Trading Standards query. The British Hallmarking Council, including members of the 4 assay offices, met on Monday 2 April 2012. Their conclusions on the description and marking of bonded gold in relation to the Hallmarking Act 1973 are in this document (attached).

8. The role of planning in preventing major-accident hazards involving hazardous substances - You may wish to pass this on to your CTSA.
A number of accidents across Europe involving hazardous substances, notably at Seveso in Italy, prompted EU legislation to prevent major accidents. This European legislation has been in place since 1992, and when updated in 1996 (‘Seveso II’) added expectations on land-use planning. The most recent update (‘Seveso III’) was agreed in 2012 and has to be transposed by 31 May 2015. On 17 November this document was replaced to correct a minor discrepancy between the consultation document and the annexed draft regulations. The change has been made to Schedule 1, Part 2, Row 18 of the draft regulations to bring the detail into line with the consultation document, which, at paragraph 3.6, proposes that the current levels of control for liquefied petroleum gas, liquefied natural gas and hydrogen should remain.
The document is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-role-of-planning-in-preventing-major-accident-hazards-involving-hazardous-substances

9. Modern slavery: resources for industry
Designed for businesses in the agricultural, construction, fishing, food and hospitality industries, these factsheets draw attention to the potential for modern slavery and provide statistics across each sector. f you suspect modern slavery, you can report it in a number of ways. Use the modern slavery website or call 0800 0121 700. Some new material at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modern-slavery-industry-factsheets

10. Gypsy and Traveller group 'doesn't need to meet' argues minister – from ‘Inside Housing’
A junior minister said a ministerial working group has ‘not needed to meet’ in order to implement policies to help Gypsies and Travellers. Conservative Lord Ahmad, a parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, defended the government’s approach in parliament last week. This followed the government being forced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last month to admit that its ministerial working group on Gypsies and Travellers has not met since a progress report was published in April 2012 and is not scheduled to meet in the next six months. Lord Ahmad, responding to a question by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Avebury, said: ‘Since the report, ministers have not needed to meet to implement the agreed policy, as this has been delegated to the civil service.’ The 2012 report outlined 28 commitments to tackle inequalities faced by Gypsies and Travellers. Charity Friends, Family and Travellers used the Freedom of Information Act to request details of how often the ministerial working group has met because it was not convinced it was doing any work. DCLG initially refused to supply the information but was ordered to do so by the ICO on 30 September.

11. Stereotypes about social tenants 'simply wrong', report claims – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Herts for this.
The majority of social tenants able to work are in employment, while lone parents and migrants experience no advantage in securing a social home. These are the conclusions of a major three-year research project into the lives of tenants in London, which claims to show the ‘stereotypes’ about residents of social housing are ‘simply wrong’. The Real London Lives project, carried out by the University of York on behalf of the G15 group of the capital’s largest housing associations, showed two thirds of tenants able to work are in full or part-time employment. More at: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/tenancies/stereotypes-about-social-tenants-simply-wrong-report-claims/7006945.article?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Ocean+Media+&utm_campaign=5034272_IH-DAILY-201114-NE&dm_i=1HH2,2ZWGW,GYLS7W,ASDMZ,1&adfesuccess=1

12. Preventing bullying
Department for Education advice on preventing and responding to bullying. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-and-tackling-bullying

13. HCA Newsletter
For 20th Novemeber is available at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2825/18682014

14. £1.5billion of Section 106 money remains unspent: use it to benefit town and city centres, says ATCM
Following a BBC report earlier in 2014 which highlighted that up to £1.5 billion of Section 106 money remains unspent, the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) is calling on the government to investigate how it can ensure that the benefit to local communities is not lost, by enabling it to be spent on town and city centres. Download the ATCM letter here Section 106 Agreements, also known as planning obligations, are agreements between developers and local planning authorities that are negotiated as part of a condition of planning consent. The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 enables local authorities to negotiate contributions towards a range of infrastructure and services, such as community facilities, public open space, transport improvements and/or affordable housing. Developers work with local authorities to ensure that S106 money is targeted to benefit the local community in a range of ways, yet there are strict limitations on how and when this money can be spent, which means that when circumstances change there is often legally no way for the money to be distributed, resulting in it either remaining unspent, or in some cases handed back to the developers. More at: http://www.rudi.net/node/214652

15. Security at general aviation aerodromes – From NaCTSO
How vigilance can assist in defeating terrorism and criminality. More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/security-at-general-aviation-aerodromes

16. Business continuity planning – From NaCTSO
The booklet “Expecting the Unexpected” will guide you in developing business continuity, helping you and your business to build resilience against any disaster. Planned business continuity management leads to staff, customers and suppliers being reassured that you have an effective plan for managing the unexpected. This helps build confidence in your business. The booklet is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-continuity-planning

17. Secure in the knowledge – From NaCTSO
This booklet provides guidance and information to help you improve your basic security and thereby protect your livelihood. Being better informed and better prepared also reassures your customers and suppliers that you take security seriously.
Booklet available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secure-in-the-knowledge

18. Know your customer – from NaCTSO
‘Know Your Customer’ campaign is aimed to raise awareness among site operators about the ‘dual-use’ nature of their products and to give basic advice about ensuring that they supply those products to known customers. The campaign also encourages them to be more enquiring of new customers and to report suspicious enquiries to police. Booklet available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/know-your-customer

19. 700,000 new homes under this parliament - Thanks to Simon Bottom, Hants for this.
New figures out on 20 November 2014, show 700,000 more homes have been delivered in this Parliament with empty homes at a 10-year low. The figures show:
· in the 12 months to September, there were 138,640 housing starts – an increase of 16% compared to the same period last year, and 84% higher than at the bottom of the housing crash in June 2009
· a total of 700,000 new homes delivered in England since the end of 2009
· a fall in the numbers of empty homes by 160,000 since the end of 2009 – meaning the number of empty homes in England is now at a 10-year low

More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/700000-new-homes-under-this-government