Spot the cynic: Call to extend electrical safety checks

What do people think of this:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61881979 

The charity Electrical Safety First (ESF) said the checks had found 7,000 faults including exposed live wiring.

Back in 2012, the ESF partnered with the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) to create Certsure, which operates ECA Certification and NICEIC competent person scheme.

Do you think this figure is likely to be higher in reality given what we know about the price war and race to the bottom which affects how inspections are done? We have all heard stories of EICRs deemed satisfactory when they shouldn't have been, of qualified supervisors not properly checking the work carried out by their subcontractors. 

Is it cynical of ESF to release these figures and lobby for more properties to be covered when it is the NICEIC competent person scheme that has been criticised for allowing for subpar checks to be carried out in the first place?

I'd be really interested to get your views....

    

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  • The PRS EICR legislation does not need extending to social housing because HAs have systems in place and generally repairs get done because the tenants can get an electrician to attend at no additional cost to themselves.

    It does not mean that HA electrical installations are completely free of issues, there are issues relating to poor workmanship by the installers, DIY work by tenants, damage, wear and tear.

    But the issues with electrical installations in Housing Association properties are not significant  when compared with the huge problems in the Private Rented Sector, which is still an ongoing problem.

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  • The PRS EICR legislation does not need extending to social housing because HAs have systems in place and generally repairs get done because the tenants can get an electrician to attend at no additional cost to themselves.

    It does not mean that HA electrical installations are completely free of issues, there are issues relating to poor workmanship by the installers, DIY work by tenants, damage, wear and tear.

    But the issues with electrical installations in Housing Association properties are not significant  when compared with the huge problems in the Private Rented Sector, which is still an ongoing problem.

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