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Asbestos - NAHT submits its response to the DWP's call for evidence

​NAHT has responded to the Department for Work and Pensions' call for evidence on how the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) manages asbestos, which remains prevalent in schools and other buildings more than 20 years after its use was banned.

The dangers of asbestos in schools are self-evident. Asbestos is present on-site in 83.5% of schools, according to Department for Education's figures. According to HSE data, all together, 380 teachers (aged younger than 75) have died from mesothelioma between 1980 and 2010. 

NAHT is continuing to campaign for the careful removal of all asbestos from the school estate, rather than the government's current policy of leaving it in situ, where wear and tear to school buildings can expose asbestos and cause lethal fibres to be released.

NAHT has responded individually and as part of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee. You can read our response here

First published 22 September 2021

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NAHT Life gives you the opportunity to continue your membership of the biggest union for school leaders both in post and in retirement.

 

NAHT Life focuses on helping retired members receive excellent trade union services and allows you to continue to play an active volunteer role within NAHT regions and branches, if that’s what you choose to do!

Please note to qualify for the benefits of NAHT Life membership you must join NAHT life within six months of retiring. 

Please ensure NAHT has your correct post-retirement contact details.

NAHT is currently reviewing, renewing and refreshing its services to support NAHT life member.

The Life Members' Sector Council (LMSC)

Whether leaving a labour of love or embracing a life of leisure, there can be no doubt that retirement from school leadership marks a huge change in lifestyle. There will be adjustments to make, new challenges to take and a range of new opportunities. At a time like this, it is important that our experienced members do not lose all the support they received in their working life. Our life members’ committee is here to ensure members are supported in retirement.

This committee feeds its extensive wealth of experience and know-how to support the work of NAHT. It also gives our life members the chance to make important contributions to our campaigns for working members.  

The committee, which meets four times a year, is made up of one elected representative from each of our regions, with the addition of one place each for Northern Ireland and Wales. And these elected committee members, normally, serve a three-year term.

Areas of focus for the committee include the following: 

  • Current legislation issues eg pension provision
  • Action against discrimination, including age discrimination.
LMSC chair

John Killeen: john.killeen@nahtofficials.org.uk

Committee servicing officer

Andy Walls has the responsibility for working closely with the LMSC as servicing officer. He can be contacted via email andy.walls@naht.org.uk or on 01444 472457.

For further details and contact information about all current LMSC members please check out ‘Who’s who’ and the ‘List of LMSC members'.
 

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