The Forum’s members have reported an increasing number of tradespeople being intimidated and verbally abused by the public while carrying out legitimate projects in line with CICV Forum guidelines.
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The Forum’s list of essential work that is permitted, includes:
- Removal of elements in danger of collapse, e.g. cladding
- Repair and construction of critical road and utility infrastructure
- Emergency call-out services, e.g. electrical, plumbing, glazing and roofing
- Making inhabited buildings safe and watertight
- Domestic repairs to ensure occupants’ safety and wellbeing e.g. the elderly
- Repair and maintenance of essential buildings e.g. fire and police stations
- Safe operation of faulty heating and water systems
- Essential inspections to prevent health outbreaks
- Supply of materials for these and other essential COVID-19 projects.
Kevin Stewart, minister for local government, housing and planning (pictured above), said: “It is important that the public understand that there is still a need for essential works to be carried out in these challenging times and industry professionals should be able to complete repairs in safety, without fear of criticism and rebuke.”