Proposed changes to Government's standard assessment procedure (SAP)

This is the CLA response to the Government's review of the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP).  The SAP methodology is used to generate EPC results for UK property.  The most substantial change for CLA members being proposed in the review is to acknowledge that solid brick walls are far more energy efficient than SAP has previously acknowledged.  The consultation response also provides a wider review of the SAP methodology and the EPC.

MP briefing: Digital Economy Bill (Lords) (Committee Stage) – (31 Jan 2017) - part 1

This briefing paper was sent to members of the House of Lords as they considered amendments to the Digital Economy Bill which enshrines into law the Universal Service Obligation for broadband and also makes changes to the Electronic Communications Code. It provides background information to peers on the issue and the CLA’s position. 

Statutory Review of the Groceries Code Adjudicator

The CLA's response focuses on the need to extend the remit of the Groceries Code and the activities of the Groceries Code Adjudicator to all elements of the supply chain based on the legal framework created by Government.  This will mean that there has to be a more conducive and practical relationship between all those in the supply chain, in particular, the primary producer and their respective customer.  Through such a framework it would be hoped, based on the experience of the Adjudicator, to change the relationship behaviour between the primary producer and their customer.

Briefing Note: The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations (England & Wales) Domestic 2015

This is a new briefing note for members on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). These are the regulations that will make it illegal to let out a private rented property which has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G to a new tenant from 1 April 2018 and to an existing tenant from 1 April 2020. As members may be aware these regulations are currently being reviewed by Government. This document explains why the regulations are being reviewed and what changes are being proposed, outlines what the exemptions are from the regulations, which properties will have to comply and the penalties for not doing so.

Given there are important changes happening to these regulations which have not been confirmed yet, we are advising members to await confirmation of the changes before attempting to comply. We will be issuing new advice when the changes to the regulations have been confirmed.

In addition to reviewing the MEES regulations, Government is currently consulting on changes to the EPC methodology. Members may find their EPC ratings improve if they carry out a new EPC assessment after the changes have come into effect. The CLA will publicise when these changes are introduced.    

 

MP briefing: Westminster Hall Debate Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (30 Nov 16)

MPs held a short debate in Westminster Hall on seasonal agricultural workers and the seasonal agricultural workers scheme, and this briefing sets out the CLA’s views to MPs on why a news seasonal scheme is needed, what such a scheme is and why rural businesses other than farming would also benefit from seasonal workers schemes.

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