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HETAS (wood stoves) monopoly

Comment 30th July 2010

HETAS was originally set up to do a bit of efficiency testing on solid fuel appliances. They have extended their control and misrepresent the legislation to monopolise the supply of stoves and unnecessary chimney liners. They use this to profit from 'training' and registration of installers increasing the costs by 1-2 thousand pounds.

They are now trying to impose control of wood fuel suppliers with £550 annual fees which includes £100 fee for inspecting 'paperwork' which for a typical business should only take 15 to 30 minutes at national average pay ratye ie about £10.

Why does this matter?

Legislation is being misused to create an extremely profitable monopoly and deprive small builders and DIY experts of their freedom of action.

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