Beware of fake electricians posing as registered electricians!

A man has been jailed for carrying out dangerous work while posing as a registered electrician. John Draco, 35, of Rowan Place, Newton Aycliffe, pleaded guilty to fraud and consumer protection related offences after falsely claiming to be a qualified electrician. He advertised his services on Yell.com as accredited by ELECSA and Trustmark-despite not having either accreditation. He also claimed to be NICEIC registered.

Planned Legislation Giving EU Consumers the Right to Repair

To address environmental concerns around product obsolescence and recycling, the EU is planning legislation giving EU consumers a ‘right to repair’ – forcing manufacturers to make longer lasting goods that are easier to repair.  Commenting on this, Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of leading safety Charity, Electrical Safety First, explains why it is not quite as simple as it might seem.

“We understand that many consumers get frustrated with products that break down just after a warranty ends and they find it uneconomical to get it repaired and cannot fix the item themselves.

TrustMark's new Board of industry experts

A new independent Board of industry experts has been appointed to TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme for tradespeople, to further enhance the levels of consumer protection, whilst achieving better business for reputable tradespeople. The Board, which comprises of a new Chairman and seven non-executive directors, ensures adequate representation of all the industry sectors TrustMark works with, coupled with experts from a wide range of industries, to provide a fresh knowledge and insight to the running of TrustMark.