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Contents News and opinion


6 NEWS


News from the industry, including a call for changes to meet carbon reduction charges, a demand for smarter thinking on energy saving, plus more on skills shortages and vocational training


10 ECA NEWS


Notes, information and updates, including ECA initiatives and the latest on parliamentary lobbying


15 PRESIDENTIAL VIEW FORWARD THINKING


ECA president Diane Johnson on communicating the ECA’s message to government, media – and members


17 EXECUTIVE OPINION 19 INDUSTRY OPINION


CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY ECA group chief executive officer Steve Bratt assesses the implications of government spending decisions


SAFETY FIRST Director general of the Electrical Safety Council Phil Buckle explains the ESC’s role in improving consumer safety – and how industry cooperation can help


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Regulars 48 REGIONAL VIEW


Across the nation – news from around the ECA regions: this issue, Central South and West Midlands in focus


52 Q&As Problems with contracts, issues with clients or other legal questions you want answered? Our legal questions and answers section can sort it out


64 SHOCKING WORK When installations go wrong, property and lives can be in danger. ELECSA inspectors recount examples of poor practice and shoddy workmanship


68 CLASSIFIED DIRECTORY Latest products and services


70 COMPETITION Win a fabulous Amazon Kindle 3G e-book reader!


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ECA Today Winter 2010


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