In addition to the regular representations to the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), BOSS has written a letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, from BOSS Chairman, Simon Drakeford.
The letter outlines our industry’s reliance on the occupation of offices, highlighting the reduction in consumption and sales volumes brought about by the mass migration to home working throughout the pandemic. It also emphasises the impact on other sectors referencing a PwC study warning of a potential £15.3bn hit to UK GDP every year if pandemic levels of home working continue.
It raises concerns with the Governments ‘work from home if you can’ messaging which is a contradiction with the relaxing of restrictions in many other sectors of the economy, highlighting the lack of clarity that has caused confusion for employers and employees since its inception.
The letter asks the government to:
- Reconsider the June 21st date, to bring forward the return to workplaces to align with other sectors.
- Provide a clear ‘return to work’ message and consider incentives to encourage employee confidence in a safe return.
- Provide sufficient notice of any change to their messaging regarding the return to offices so our industry and businesses can plan for this.
BOSS is calling for members and business leaders across the industry to share their concerns, along with a copy of this letter, with their local MP’s.
For any questions on this release, please email Cheryl Lamont, BOSS Commercial Director on firstname.lastname@example.org