With the deadline for new Poverty Reduction System (PRS) legislation in England coming into effect on 1 April 2021, calls to the NICEIC and ELECSA Technical Helpline have peaked at more than 600 calls per day, a number more than double the daily average. Which was seen during the same period last year. The majority of the call came from contractors seeking to clarify the rules regarding EICRs and guidance on appropriate coding. Additionally, there has also been a significant increase in calls from landlords and letting agents who have been once again seeking advice on the rules, particularly with regard to enforcement during the pandemic. Sam Donaghy, Technical Helpline Director at NICEIC and ELECSA said: “In the lead-up to the PRS electrical check-up deadline, calls have increased dramatically. From the conversations my colleagues and I had, it was clear, despite the deadline set in 2020. , Many landlords left it until the last minute to comply. A position, of course, has not been helped by COVID-19. ”Many questions from contractors regarding appropriate coding in EICRs which, as we all know, are not always straightforward, while landlords have asked for guidance on the legislation itself. In both scenarios, we referred the callers to the NICEIC website. “Here we outline the latest government advice promoting the use of free materials such as the Electrical Safety Best Practice Guide first, and the Common Questions for Wiring Regulation Advisory Groups (WRAG).” The latest government advice, issued by MHCLG on April 1, confirmed that the planned implementation and timing of the PRS legislation will not change. Realizing the impact of COVID-19, the directive continued to discuss rent during the pandemic. In these general guidelines, MHCLG advocates for a practical risk-based approach to enforcement during COVID-19. The advice has also indicated electrical contractors and property owners on resources on conducting EICRs and correct coding. The two reference points presented are the Electrical Safety Best Practices Guide First and the WRAG Frequently Asked Questions. “We welcome MHCLG’s promotion of the Best Practice Guide 4 and the WRAG FAQs,” said Martin Allen, Technical Director for Electrical Safety First, “The display industry has agreed best practice guidelines on EICR coding and BS 7671 implementation, and these resources have been created to support collectively, we strive “To maintain standards, provide consistency for inspectors and installers, and protect the consumer. The guides are freely available to download and are easy to follow through our website or through the links provided on the NICEIC PRS page.” “If you are an electrical contractor and are undergoing electrical safety checks, I urge you to download your free copy today.” NICEIC and ELECSA contractors looking for more support on EICR coding can also join our free and exclusive Coding Clinics, which operate as part of our trademark technical webinar series, WIRE. The next episode will be broadcast live on May 5 at 8:00 pm. To register, please click here. For more information on PRS legislation and what it means for you and your business, please visit the NICEIC website.