Lilley: new red-tape will force up cost of home improvements

- Tuesday, 2nd July 2002


Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today warned that Hertfordshire
residents thinking of home improvements over the summer will now face higher
costs due to new Whitehall red-tape.

New building regulations are forcing Hertfordshire building firms and
traders to pay new charges (?self-certification schemes? costing several
hundred pounds) in order to be allowed to install windows, conservatories,
roof lights, roof windows and doors. If the installer is not registered,
building regulation consent and a fee to the council is required, costing
the consumer a minimum of ?150 for new windows.

Peter Lilley said:

"This new red-tape from Whitehall will impose new burdens on small firms and
sole traders. Small suppliers and installers of windows have already been
badly hit by the regulations, with many reporting drops in sales and orders.
Consumers will end up paying the bill in higher prices for home
improvements. These unwieldy regulations will require ?an army of window
snoopers? to enforce them effectively.

"I support measures to improve energy efficiency and tackle rogue traders.
But these regulations have been very badly drafted and the industry has not
been properly consulted. They will just end up giving a further edge to
cowboy builders who ignore rules and regulations.

"The measures discriminate against ordinary DIY enthusiasts who will no
longer be able to replace their own doors or windows without obtaining
expensive and time-consuming building regulation permission."



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