New dates announced for postponed APPG inquiry
Remaining sessions to be held on 11 October and 18 October
The remaining two sessions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry inquiry into the role of cleaning and hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic will take place on 11 October and 18 October (both Tuesdays), it has been announced.
The APPG inquiry, entitled Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK, held its first session earlier this month but the final two sessions were postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for the duration of the national period of mourning.
Industry members are again being encouraged to watch the remaining sessions, with both starting at 10am.
Anyone interested in watching either of the Zoom sessions is invited to email email@example.com by 6pm on the day before the session they want to attend. Please apply separately for each session.
Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. A Zoom invite will be emailed to attendees ahead of the sessions.
The APPG comprises 53 MPs and two Members of the House of Lords and it is being supported by the industry body for the entire sector and APPG secretariat, the British Cleaning Council (BCC) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
The inquiry is examining what was successful and what was not from the national approach to cleaning and hygiene during the pandemic to ensure lessons can be learnt. These will be taken forward to increase disease resilience to current common infections and help inform the UK’s response to any similar future public health emergency.
The review aims to produce a report with policy recommendations which will feed into the national UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
The upcoming sessions are structured as follows:
- Tuesday 11 October, from 10am: Evidence from contractors who delivered cleaning services at the time, alongside suppliers and manufacturers of cleaning and hygiene products which were very much in demand during the pandemic
- Tuesday 18 October, from 10am: Evidence from owners and landlords of a variety of buildings who had to deliver high standards of cleaning and hygiene during the pandemic, in order to protect the public.
BCC Chairman Jim Melvin said: “We are pleased to see the APPG inquiry resume and look forward to what we believe will be two incredibly important and insightful sessions. I would encourage industry members to take the time to watch the discussions.
“These sessions must play a key role in ensuring that lessons are learnt nationally from the role of cleaning and hygiene during the current pandemic, so that the UK is ready if and, undoubtedly when, Coronavirus variants or other viruses return in the future.
“These sessions will give the cleaning and hygiene industry the opportunity to discuss its vital role keeping people heathy, safe and well and give its expert opinions to MPs on how we ensure that cleanliness and hygiene become and remain a top, national priority going forward.
“As such, the inquiry is a vital stage in our campaign for more recognition for the crucial work of staff as frontline workers and the importance of the industry.”.
Anger after opposition parties ignore meeting call
BCC wants to discuss pressing industry issues with politicians of all stripes
Angry and disappointed cleaning and hygiene industry leaders have hit out after opposition parties so far avoided meeting with them to discuss key and pressing sector issues.
The British Cleaning Council (BCC) wrote to the Labour, Scottish Nationalist, Lib Dem and Green parties in August but none of them have so far agreed to meet. The frustration comes after months of demands for a meeting with the Government were ignored. While Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and the SNP did respond to the letter from BCC Chairman Jim Melvin, they both advised that contact would be made which has simply not taken place, whilst the other opposition parties failed to even respond.
The BCC is urgently calling for better recognition for the vital role of cleaning and hygiene operatives and help with severe staff shortages affecting the sector.
Cleaning and hygiene staff play a vital role in keeping people healthy, safe and well and that work has been particularly essential during the fight against Coronavirus. The sector is one of the ten biggest in the UK, worth almost £59m and employing 1.47m people, but is suffering major recruitment and retention issues.
The BCC has also contacted the Government on several occasions since May to attempt to discuss concerns over the treatment of cleaning and hygiene staff in Number 10 during the ‘partygate’ scandal, as well as the issues highlighted above. Letters were acknowledged but no other action has resulted from them.
Jim Melvin said: “I’m angry and extremely disappointed that none of the political parties nor the Government will meet with us. “The sector’s staff play a vital role in keeping people healthy, safe and well and because the industry is one of the ten biggest nationally, it is hugely important to the UK economy. “So politicians of all stripes should be both interested and have a care about what is required on behalf of the cleaning and hygiene industry and the general public. Their continued lack of action would suggest that they don’t. “Getting the chance to air the important issues facing the sector in a meeting should not be too much to ask. It is incomprehensible that we have been ignored or had false promises in this way. “However, we don’t give up that easily. We will continue fighting to ensure the voice of the industry is heard by those in power. “The work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the sector will also be another good channel to get our message across and, in particular, the project we are currently involved in, assisting the Government inquiry into actions taken during the pandemic.”
Sue Gray’s report into parties at Number Ten was published on 25 May and described ‘multiple examples of a lack of respect and poor treatment of security and cleaning staff’. Jim Melvin has written and emailed Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to formally request a meeting to discuss the report findings.
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About The British Cleaning Council
Established in 1982, the British Cleaning Council (BCC) is the authoritative, collective voice of UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management industries.
The council’s membership is made up of 21 trade and membership associations which all represent different industry sub-sectors. From contract cleaning to waste management, pest control to housekeeping, training providers to machine manufacturers, chemical suppliers to wheelie-bin washers – the BCC coordinates, campaigns and supports the affairs of the UK’s entire commercial cleaning ecosystem.
Key priorities for the BCC and its membership include raising professional standards, employee health and wellbeing, career development and training, improved quality control and better procurement practices. It is also committed to promoting higher levels of cleaning and hygiene across all environments – commercial, domestic and public.
APPG for the UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry was inaugurated in February 2021, with the support of a sizeable number of MPs from all the major political parties and members of The House of Lords.
The group exists to promote the critical importance of the cleaning and hygiene industry to the people of the United Kingdom.
The APPG is operated by MPs and members of the House of Lords with the British Cleaning Council acting in the role of secretariat and organising a significant number of steering groups in seeking to carry out the industry’s clear, focused and much needed strategic aims.
For additional information, please email the APPG’s secretariat via Simon Hollingbery at email@example.com.
Simon Hollinbery, a former BCC Chair, is the council’s Company Secretary.