CIPHE launches 2021 manifesto

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched its new manifesto, calling on parliament to understand the vital role the plumbing and heating engineering community plays in the country’s success.

The document tackles several issues caused by COVID-19 and reaffirms the critical role the industry plays in both protecting the public health and pioneering the path to net zero.

The manifesto encompasses key issues such as legionella, scalding and burns, the decline in public toilet facilities, water and fuel poverty, the path to net zero, the environment and water conservation, education, apprenticeships and funding, enforcement of regulations supply chain shortages and licensing.

Kevin Wellman, chief executive officer of the CIPHE, said: “As a living document, the CIPHE’s manifesto was always designed to move with the times. While the challenges of a global pandemic caused by coronavirus, has shifted governmental priorities significantly, it has also emphasised the importance of the industry as we enter the road to recovery. Now is the time to build upon this newfound status to help shape government policy.

“This much expanded document is part of that aim, seeking to give parliament an insight into how the plumbing and heating industry underpins many key areas of government policy; health, housing, energy, environment and education.

“As we navigate this period of upheaval and change, the UK is going to need skilled, qualified and competent engineers, in all disciplines, to achieve its domestic and international aims.”