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Government introduces energy inspectors

The government has controversially announced plans to introduce energy inspectors, who will be trained specifically to carry out the Energy Performance Certificate.

Following the governments U-turn on Home Condition Reports the Energy Performance Certificate became the only mandatory part of the pack. As it stands the EPC training is incorporated in the Home Inspectors qualification, however trained home inspectors are up in arms about the announcement and feel the new inspectors will undercut them.

Jim Gillespie, director of Independent Financial Services has spent almost 12,000 training to become a home inspector and sees these new inspectors as a new breed of competition for home inspectors.

He says: Many home inspectors are now disgruntled and many are dropping out of training altogether. I have set up an action group for trainee home inspectors seeking compensation and we are currently seeking a barristers opinion.

You can get training courses to be an energy inspector for 1,000. If these inspectors have not paid as much for their training, they will be able to undercut home inspectors on price.

However a spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government says: There are still opportunities for home inspectors. As it is, only fully qualified inspectors can carry out the Energy Performance Certificate as this is the only qualifcation on offer. With this diploma home inspectors could carry out the energy performance certificate and the Home Condition Report. The new qualification will provide the training to carry out just the EPC


Warning on perils of outsourcing

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Swift appoints regional account manager

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I have a list of crazy warnings that I find amusing. Some of my favourites are the sleeping pills that carry the warning ‘May cause drowsiness’ and the matches that have ‘Caution – contents may catch fire’ printed on the box.

Who can trust this corrupt and hypocritical government?

From Jim Gillespie This inept government thinks it can ride roughshod over the industry and the public without any comeback. First Gordon Brown tinkers with tax relief on company pension schemes which results in large companies seeing pension fund shortfalls, a mass exodus from final salary schemes and pensioners left with little or no pensions […]


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