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Sparks fear paperwork

A fear of form-filling is deterring thousands of electricians from registering under the revised Part P of the Building Regulations, the UK Trades Confederation has warned.
The trade association said that huge numbers of electricians had missed the January 1 deadline to register because of lack of time and confusion over the paperwork.

Part P has been extended to cover domestic electrical work. Unless electricians register, they must contact the local authority's building control department to get approval.

The UKTC has formed alliances with electrical associations ELECSA and NICEIC to give electricians the option of a one-to-one session to help them complete the forms and to ensure they have all the information needed to become compliant.

UKTC managing director Derek Vaughan said: 'Most self employed electricians just simply don't have the time to fill out forms. We speak to electricians every day who have requested the information from the assessment bodies but are not yet 'compliant' because they haven't completed the forms. Our one-to-one session provides the electrician with guidance and support.'

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