Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    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.”