News and information from the Cleaning and Support Services Association


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    BCA Awards Presentation Luncheon

    The 2009/2010 Building Cleanability Awards scheme culminates with a prestigious Presentation Luncheon on Monday 12th July in The Great Hall of London’s famous Guildhall.

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    Business Travel in Own Vehicle

    HM Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) have revised and updated their factsheet which explains to employees who use their own vehicle for business travel what expenses they can be paid free of tax and National Insurance contributions and whether or not they can claim tax relief.

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    February 2010 Changes to the Compensatory Awards & Guarantee Pay

    For the first time ever, the maximum limit on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal claims will decrease from 1st February 2010 from £66,200 to the new limit of £65,300.

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    COMAH Pages Revamp

    The HSE has updated the Control of Major Accident Hazards COMAH) section of its website.

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    Tax Rebate Email Scam

    HMRC have added further details on scam emails currently in circulation which offer a tax rebate to customers.

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    Health and Safety Poster

    The Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) has warned businesses not to buy unnecessary and overpriced copies of its new health and safety poster which are being promoted by some companies who claim that the old posters must be replaced immediately and the new poster should be displayed on every notice board in the business’s premises.

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    Trade Union Duties

    ACAS has published a revised Code of Practice on time off for trade union duties.

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    Identify new business opportunities to ensure continued growth. is the national lower-value tender opportunity portal, created to centralise the visibility of lower-value tender opportunities to SMEs throughout the UK.

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    Hospital Cleaning – What Next?

    By the time you are reading this article, the much publicised “deep clean” of hospitals in the UK should be over, and both the medical and cleaning professions will be considering how worthwhile the exercise has been. Many of the members of the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA) have been involved in undertaking these deep cleans, which puts me in a central position to report back on the process and ask the question: “what next?”

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    The Future of Cleaning to Combat Healthcare Acquired Infections

    The much heralded hospital deep cleans have now finished. Therefore attention is rightly moving to what happens next, and in particular what role cleaning can play in the future campaign to eliminate Healthcare Acquired Infections.