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8 NEWS DESK Plumber avoids jail The verdict on the Green Deal is in, with MPs describing the scheme as ‘abysmal’, overly complex and requiring excessive paperwork. The damning conclusion to the failed energy initiative follows the publication of the Household Energy Efficiency Schemes inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group, said: “The verdict is damning. Like many others, I was there from the outset, trying to make the scheme workable, but the civil servants at Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) tied themselves up in knots trying to reinvent the supply chain, which made the The Green Deal was ‘abysmal’, says inquiry scheme too bureaucratic and ultimately unworkable. “In trying to ‘gold plate’ every single aspect of the scheme they failed to understand the dynamics of the heating supply chain and the central role that installers play in the consumer decision-making process.” The Green Deal was wound-up in 2015 having delivered only £50 million of loans despite an initial projection by DECC of a £1.1 billion uptake, that the PAC has subsequently described, in the report, as ‘wildly optimistic.’ The fact that installers needed to be PAS 2030 accredited was a good example of why heating engineers failed to embrace the scheme, Neil added. “Having to get PAS 2030 accreditation – which only three per cent of UK installers currently have – was unnecessary, bureaucratic and eventually self-defeating, because the UK’s installer base ultimately shunned it.” Rich Twinn, policy advisor at the UK Green Building Council, said: “The report makes clear that implementation of the Green Deal was woefully inadequate. The wildly optimistic forecasts about take up were never realistic, and this point was made strongly by many in the industry at the time. The Green Deal simply didn't appeal to householders The interest rate was unappealing and there was a fundamental lack of demand for energy efficiency among those it was trying to attract.” Make the right connections with Essex! www.hpmmag.com August 2016 A plumber from Chesterfield has escaped a jail term despite two health and safety failings. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how Jamie Simpson, 45, undertook work on gas appliances at a domestic property in January 2015 when not Gas Safe Registered. An investigation found that the homeowner’s gas safety inspection checks were either not properly carried out or not carried out at all. Mr Simpson, of Tapton, was given a ten-month sentence suspended for 18 months and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. Pensioner dies of scalding Old Wall Cottage Nursing Home has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and has been fined £100,000 after an 89-year-old resident received significant scalding injuries and subsequently, died in hospital. Doris Snook, who had been living at the Betchworth care home for six years, was estimated to have received 14% burns to her arms, back and feet, due to bath water being above 48°C, the maximum safe temperature. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident, which occurred on August 30, 2011, found that bathroom taps were not adjusted to limit the temperature of water to a safe level for bathing and showering, which ultimately, led to Mrs Snook’s death. It also found that the care home failed to effectively communicate information and instruction to its staff, so that the control measures could be implemented effectively. Stuart Gizzi, director at anti-scald manufacturer, Intatec, said: “This sad loss just highlights the importance of fitting a temeprature control device.” Vote for Plumber of the Year The UK Plumber of the Year 2016 competition, launched by JT, Bristan and Plumb Center, has revealed the 15 finalists shortlisted for the competition. Now in its second year, the contest called on plumbers nationwide to enter in a bid to find Britain’s finest. Information on the 15 finalists and how to vote features on: www.UKplumberoftheyear.com where you can find a biography of each. The five plumbers with the most votes will be invited to an interview session with the judging panel. The UK Plumber of the Year 2016 will win £10,000 worth of prizes. ESSEX Flanges and Bosses Essex have been makers of flanges and bosses for over 80 years. The popular Essex flange is the easiest and fastest method of making reliable tank connections for all sizes of pipe work and immersion heaters. 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