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Capita gets backing

Voter results from the online poll on the H&V News website show strong backing for the appointment of Capita as the preferred bidder for the new gas installer registration scheme.

Last month, the Health and Safety Executive named Capita as its preferred bidder for the scheme, with existing operator CORGI appointed as reserve bidder.

Our poll, designed to provide a quick snapshot of opinion within the industry, asked visitors to the website: “Will Capita provide a better service to installers than CORGI?”

By the end of last week, a total of 360 people had voted. A hefty 64 per cent indicated that Capita would provide a better service; 31 per cent voted No and 5 per cent voted Don’t Know.

Initially, support for Capita was lukewarm, with many visitors polling that they did not think there would be any improvement in the service offered to installers, and after the first three days of the poll 59 per cent of respondents had voted No.

However, over the weekend and at the start of this week, the situation reversed dramatically.

The comment section of www.hvnplus.co.uk has also been inundated with views, with many discussing the implications the Capita appointment might have on the future of the registration scheme.

One respondent wrote: “Well done Capita. You deserve to become the new provider. My advice to you is to consult with your new members, keep the fees down and play fair with us. Stick to that advice and we’ll all be happy.”