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Housing Debate Briefing - The Private Rented Sector: The Need For Action
MPs will be discussing housing in a debate on 16 April in the House of Commons but we would urge them to consider as part of their remarks the safety of tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). The Private Rented Sector in England remains potentially for many an unsafe place in terms of electricity with no requirement for regular checks of electrical installations in properties.
The Goods Package - Counterfeit and Substandard Electrical Goods: Risks and Solutions
Counterfeit and substandard electrical products pose a uniquely serious risk to the public, often containing faulty parts that can catch fire, or deliver a fatal electric shock. The extent and severity of these issues have been highlighted through extensive research undertaken and published by Electrical Safety First, conducted independently and in partnership with industry leaders.
Electrical Safety First's submission to the Scottish Government consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in Private Rented Housing
No-one, regardless of age, income or where they live, should be put at risk of electrical faults in their home.
Submission from Electrical Safety First - Private Rented Sector - Proposals for Change
Electrical Safety First's response to the Department for Communities consultation on the 'Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for Change'.
Parliamentary Briefing: Committee Stage, House of Lords - Digital Economy Bill
We support the Committee Stage amendments 75 and 76 (After Clause 29) tabled by Baroness Janke and Lord Tope to the Digital Economy Bill.
Parliamentary Briefing: House of Lords Second Reading - Digital Economy Bill
Electrical Safety First believes the Digital Economy Bill is as an opportunity to address longstanding concerns and legislative gaps relating to the sale of counterfeit electrical goods online.
Parliamentary Briefing: Report Stage - Digital Economy Bill
We support the New Clauses 24 and 33 tabled by Carolyn Harris MP and Margaret Ferrier MP to the Digital Economy Bill.
Digital Economy Bill Briefing - Second Reading
Electrical Safety First believes the Digital Economy Bill must be seen as an
opportunity to address longstanding concerns and legislative gaps relating to the
sale of counterfeit electrical goods online.
Renters' Rights Bill
Electrical Safety First has long campaigned for the introduction of five-yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. We support Baroness Grender’s Bill in seeking to amend the Housing and Planning Act to deliver this.
Response to Queen's Speech - The Digital Economy Bill
Philip Buckle, Director General of Electrical Safety First, responded to the proposal for a Digital Economy Bill which has just been outlined in the Queen’s Speech.
Housing and Planning Bill - House of Commons, Lords Amends, 28 April 2016
Electrical Safety First welcomes the Government's support for improved electrical safety standards in the private rented sector (PRS).
Housing and Planning Bill - Letter from Phil Buckle
We were very pleased to note the tabling of the Government amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill on electrical safety checks.
Westminster Hall Debate - Faulty Important Electrical Goods
We want to see a review / assessment of the number of counterfeit electrical goods being
imported into the UK and a strategy from the UK Government to support Trading Standards
to tackle the problem. Read our key messages and asks for the Government.
Electrical Safety First response to the Department for Social Development's review of the role and regulation of the Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland
As part of an on-going consultation process, the Department for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Assembly is undertaking a discussion with interested parties around the role and regulation of the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Current regulations simply state that electrics in Northern Ireland’s PRS must be safe but do not specify a regular safety review – unlike those governing gas, where an annual gas safety certificate is required. Electrical Safety First believes that mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks are necessary in the sector.
Housing and Planning Bill - Second Reading Briefing
The Housing and Planning Bill does not currently include anything on protecting the safety of tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) from electrical accidents caused by unchecked and faulty electrical installations. We believe current legislation in England is inadequate and fails to ensure tenants are protected from electrical accidents involving their home’s electrical installations. Electrical Safety First believes that mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks are necessary in the PRS.
Housing and Planning Bill - Joint Letter to Brandon Lewis MP
Following the publication of the Housing and Planning Bill last month we noted with disappointment that there were no proposals to protect tenants in the PRS from electrical accidents caused by unchecked and faulty electrixal installations. We wrote to Brandon Lewis, MP to express our thoughts.
Home Safety Policy
Our policy document lays out Electrical Safety First’s objectives and policy proposals for improving electrical safety in homes.