Why Proposed Standards for a UK Cleaning Apprenticeship are Essential

Jim Melvin, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council (BCC), comments as proposals for an Apprenticeship Levy funded industry-wide training scheme for the cleaning and hygiene sector are submitted to the approving body. It is hoped that the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (iATE) will give the final agreement and confirmation for the Apprenticeship Standard…


All-Party Parliamentary Group Calls for New Cleaning Standards Following Pandemic

A new report by MPs in the United Kingdom into the role of cleaning and hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic has recommeended the introduction of minimum standards for hand and other hygiene infrastructure and cleaning of venues to prepare the country for future public health emergencies. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and…


BCC Calls on Cleaning Sector to Pay Real Living Wage

To mark Living Wage Week in the United Kingdom, the British Cleaning Council (BCC) is renewing calls for cleaning and hygiene sector businesses to pay the real Living Wage – a voluntary salary scale that is higher than the government’s ‘National Living Wage’. Supporting the real Living Wage means committing to paying employees a wage…


British Cleaning Council Condemns Home Secretary for ‘Out of Touch’ Comments On Migrant Workers

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has branded recent comments on migrant workers made by Home Secretary Suella Braverman as being ‘ridiculous’, ‘completely out of touch’ and ‘divorced from reality’. According to the BCC, the United Kingdom’s hygiene and hygiene and waste sector has been suffering from severe staff shortages since a tightening of immigration rules…


Cleaning Industry Calls for UK Government Support Ahead of Winter Flu and Covid-19 Resurgence

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) is warning continuing staff shortages in the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector will amplify the impact of a feared ‘twindemic’ combining winter flu and new immune evasive Sars-Cov-2 variants. The cleaning, hygiene and waste sector – which is one of the ten biggest industries in the UK – has played…


Postponement of APPG Inquiry into UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry

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 have been postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The APPG inquiry, which is entitled “Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK“, held its…


UK Government Snubs Cleaning Industry Request to Discuss Sue Gray Report Findings

Business leaders from the UK’s cleaning and hygiene sector have hit out over the government’s failure to engage properly with them following earlier request for a meeting to discuss the findings of the Sue Gray report into Partygate. The report’s findings included evidence of cleaners at No 10 Downing Street and other Whitehall departments being…

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