The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has published a White Paper, which will be submitted to relevant Government departments and other key organisations. The White Paper focusses on the changes to Part P and the on-going review of the Building Regulations; what the Green Deal means for contractors; and how smart metering is likely to affect the safety of electrical installations.

It emphasises the need for collaboration across the sector – including retailers and wholesalers – to increase consumer awareness of Part P. It also recommends partnership working to gather data on the effectiveness of Part P in relation to safety and best practice. It also calls for further investigation on restricting third-party inspection and testing.

Other key recommendations voiced within the document relate to ensuring Green Deal assessors engage with householders on home safety issues and developing the smart meter rollout to ensure electrical safety for both consumers and contractors.