Here’s the letter I wrote to The Guardian, a slightly shortened version of which appears in today’s paper:
Your editorial about the importance of gritting pavements (1st December) is a little unfair to the government. It is true that the White Paper on public health does not mention the issue, but the government has just issued advice reassuring people that the myths about how if you clear away snow you lay yourself open to being sued are just that, largely mythical. As a result, this year many councils are now encouraging people to take action outside their own homes rather than scaring them off.
What it does leave untouched though is the question of business: how many firms tell us they care about their local communities but then turn their back on snow and ice outside their doors and resolutely refuse to clean away any of it?
I’ll be out there gritting my pavement later this week once again no doubt, but businesses can and should play their part too.