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ECA News VIEW FROM THE LOBBY


It’s been a hectic few months since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition came to power in May!


The new government wasted no time and has been prolific in rolling out a raft of consultations, not to mention making preliminary cuts in public spending to reduce the country’s phenomenal deficit. We monitored developments and quickly moved to engage with the new government, continuing our dialogue with a number of ministers from when they were in opposition, particularly in respect of sustainability and skills. We are working hard to ensure that electrical contractors are recognised as the ‘frontline troops’ responsible for delivering the country’s sustainability agenda. Microgeneration offers a potentially huge new market, therefore it is imperative that government understands the vital role and contribution that electrical contractors can make. Safeguarding the future of our industry is another key priority. We must invest in home- grown talent if we are to take advantage of the projects which will surely come as we emerge from


by Carol Wrench, PR and public affairs manager


recession. We have lobbied to make the case for further incentives for those taking on apprentices and have repeatedly called for increased standards. We eagerly await details of the government’s promise of 50,000 apprenticeships, although if these are to be meaningful they must deliver training to industry recognised levels.


We will continue to press government and remain vocal in the media


We continue to engage with the administrations in Northern Ireland and Wales to increase safety and standards, and in the latter, to input into the soon to be devolved building regulations. Next up, we will be launching a grassroots campaign, offering ECA registered members the opportunity to tell their local MP what they think the government can


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do to help the electrical contracting industry. Our lobbying stances have allowed us to speak with authority on a range of subjects, raising the ECA registered member profile not only with the government and parliament, but with trade and national press. As such, you may have noticed a corresponding escalation of cover in our weekly and monthly press, as well as daily broadsheet and tabloid newspapers, as our messages repeatedly hit the mark. As we brace ourselves for this autumn’s Comprehensive Spending Review, which will set government departments’ spending up until 2015, rest assured, we will continue to press government and remain vocal in the media on a range of issues that affect you and the running of your business.


n Carol Wrench is PR and public affairs manager for the ECA. For more information on the ECA’s engagement strategy and details of meetings with government ministers, MPs, opposition leaders and leading civil servants, visit: www.eca.co.uk/lobbying.


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