Thank you if you have signed ERIC’s Bog Standard petition to improve school toilets. Comments on the petition reaffirm that dirty and poorly maintained toilets are a problem for children across the country. We have received 845 signatures so far and we’re still going strong, please keep passing the petition to your friends and help us reach our target. http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/bogstandard

 We must act now to show we will not stand for children forced to use disgusting, smelly and unhygienic school toilets lacking toilet paper and soap and with no minimum standards. While adults have staff toilets governed by regulations.

 On 28th February 2012, ERIC will be going to central London to campaign against the government’s proposed changes to school toilet legislation. Please join us.

 If you have an hour to spare mid morning on 28th February in London, please come and support the campaign. For more information, please email Natasha@eric.org.ukwe need as many people as possible!

 We need to raise £500 to cover the cost of the campaign. If you are unable to attend but would like to support us, please donate £3 (or whatever you can) by texting LOOS12 £3 70070 or visit http://www.eric.org.uk/GetInvolved/donate_online  

 A further update…

 The Government has proposed scrapping the specific provisions on toilets in the School Premises Regulations. This would mean no substantive regulation for pupils, whose facilities would not have to meet consistent and clearly defined standards.

 The Workplace Regulations (1992) ensure that toilet and water facilities used by staff in schools meet proper standards, but they do not cover facilities used by pupils. Pupils have to make do with stipulations in the School Premises Regulations (1999), which fall well short of the same standards.

 ERIC and the PCF (Paediatric Continence Forum) have submitted formal responses to the regulations’ consultation (over 80 responses were received in total) and over the next few weeks, ministers will consider these responses and decide how to alter the regulations.

 Some progress has been made with 27 MPs backing a motion tabled by Valerie Vaz MP calling for the Government to rethink their plans. Meetings with the Department for Education are ongoing and a number of parliamentarians have raised the issue with Michael Gove and Andrew Lansley. ERIC and the PCF will continue to meet MPs and peers to raise the profile of this issue further.

 It would be great to see you in London on 28th February! Thank you for your support.

 Best regards,

Natasha

Natasha Collins-Daniel

Education and Media Manager

ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence)

Direct line: 0117 301 2103 and 24/7 Helpline: 0845 370 8008

Websites: www.eric.org.uk / www.bog-standard.org

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