NHIC Manifesto for Improvement

Working together to improve the quality of home improvment.

1. Stimulate Awareness

Work with us to stimulate public and political awareness of the need to improve the existing housing stock in the UK, through the use of compliant and legal products, not least to reduce carbon emissions as part of the action needed as a result of climate change.

2. Improve Quality, Safety and Affordability of Building Work

Take further measures to improve the quality, safety and affordability of building work through, for example, strengthening Building Regulations, reducing VAT on housing renovation and repair work from 20% to 5% and ensuring the delivery of a universal quality mark.

3. To Support Initiatives which Help to Ensure the UK has Sufficient Skilled Workers

To deliver quality both now and once we have left the European Union, through increasing the quality, duration and attractiveness of apprenticeships and associated vocational training alongside the introduction of a flexible immigration policy for strategic industries.

4. To Promote Energy Efficient Refurbishments therefore Reducing the Number of Households Living in Fuel Poverty

Building on previous Government measures such as the Energy Company Obligation to reduce the number of people living in fuel poverty, through the introduction of additional financial support to those in need alongside ensuring that any Government investment in reducing energy bills is targeted at improving the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes adopting an evidenced based, fabric first approach.

5. Promote Awareness of the Health Benefits of Home Improvements

Working to connect the golden thread between healthy homes and healthy lives. Joining the dots between having a well maintained and energy efficient home to healthy happy householders with good physical and mental wellbeing.