Part P in it's current form simply enables a householder to be ripped off. It does not do what it should do – control the quality and safety of electrical installers. Instead, it restricts the liberties of a householder and increases the cost and complexity of electrical work in the home.
I would like to see the 2005 Part P building regulations abolished and replaced with a more reasonable law This regulation is supposed to deal with electrical safety and restricts the work that can be done on a domestic installation by a householder. In theory, a householder is free to do whatever work is required and then seek approval under building regs. The alternative is to pay to have a Part P approved contractor do the work and certify the work. In practice, the building regs fees and approval process make it almost unthinkable for a householder to work on their own electrical installation (if they feel competent enough) and then gain local authority approval.
The overall effect of this legislation has been to make a select group of the workforce (electricians) very well paid by what is a captive market with no other alternative than to pay large amounts of money, often for average or shoddy work.
I believe that electricians should still need to demonstrate competence and qualifications to do electrical work – nothing wrong with that. But a householder should be free to perform their own electrical installation if they feel competent enough.
I have personally witnessed an electrician in my own home, armed with only a screwdriver, perform electrical work that was supposed to be controlled under Part P regs. The same electrician then issued a certificate for electrical safety test that were NOT performed. At no point did the electrician use any test equipment. This electrician was contracted by a very large national gas installer. In othere words, they failed to perform the work properly and issued a false certificate. This type of fraud is commited daily.
Part P, as I recall, was introduced in 2005 by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister! Get rid of this extortionate legislation and dump it in the same place as the ODPM