Association of Gas Safety Managers’ says changes could save £1 billion a year
The Health & Safety Executive is supporting the Association of Gas Safety Managers campaign to move to an MOT style of annual gas safety check for landlords and is putting in place a comprehensive consultation process on all aspects of the change.
The AGSM said that since the launch of the campaign in November 2013, it has lobbied with to raise awareness of the benefits of moving to an MOT style of Landlord’s Gas Safety Record.
A move to an MOT style of servicing would mean that the gas safety check could be carried out up to two months before the due date but that the due date would remain unchanged each year. Estimated savings over the next decade are somewhere in the region of £10 billion, the AGSM said.
Claire Heyes, CEO of the AGSM, said: “We believe that the key to making significant savings in Gas Access is through an industry-wide move to the MOT style of servicing. It will lead to improved productivity for landlords; planned servicing for summer months; improved tenant co-operation; and less confusion for elderly and vulnerable tenants. This would allowi for a greater focus on other areas of safe affordable warmth.”
Meetings with the AGSM with the HSE have confirmed that the Executive is currently putting in place a comprehensive consultation process and an impact assessment to assist with the additional approval which is still required.
Ms Heyes concluded: “We are working closely with the HSE and welcome their support and their plans for consultation. The change to an MOT style of LGSR will have a significant impact on the rented housing sector and make considerable savings.”
Mark Henderson, Home Group chief executive, said: “The Gas Access Campaign has put the issue of annual safety checks firmly on the agenda. The MOT style proposal is a significant change which can help improve safety and at the same time produce considerable savings for landlords.”