ILP: makes the case for Good Lighting in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic

On Thursday 4 June Members of the Lords will debate the economic lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures necessary to repair the UK economy.

The debate will explore possible major reforms to fiscal policy; whether the Government should facilitate the reallocation of jobs and capital away from the hardest hit sectors of the economy; what measures could be taken if the virus exacerbates inequalities in the UK; and whether the recovery is an opportunity to bring about fundamental changes in the economy and society.

The Institution of Lighting Professionals has written to each Peer who has applied to participate in Lord Eatwell’s debate, highlighting that our members can assist the recovery, help to save the economy and improve public safety and the quality of life in many places. CEO Tracey White has explained the need to restore investment in things like street lighting which is currently in a dangerous state of disrepair in many places.

With today’s actions, the Institution of Lighting Professionals has made sure that the House of Lords know that we and our members stand ready to play our part by providing better lighting for all.

Below are the main points raised by ILP:

  • Recovery will require investment in infrastructure – and there is an urgent need to reverse some of the economies that have been made in recent years in budgets for lighting streets and highways.
  • Much of the infrastructure for this lighting is in a dangerous condition.  New cabling and columns are required in order to enable new environmentally friendly and effective LED systems to be installed and to work as they should.
  • It has been estimated that to maintain the UK’s lighting stock at a minimum legally compliant level, funding is required of about £115million per annum.
  • This funding will help to back British businesses, but government help is needed to ensure that guidelines for dealing with the pandemic are understood, respected and appropriate, especially for outdoor working.
  • Businesses need to be sure about where they stand in relation to insurance if employees may contract the virus at work.
  • Support is needed to guarantee credit arrangements where supply chain issues are a problem, and recognition must be given to that fact that there may be reduced productivity given the enforcement of social distancing measures.
  • Expert skills required for some infrastructure projects may require significant travelling and working away for extended periods, meaning that safe accommodation, means of travel, and other facilities are required.
  • Some projects require staff to travel by air including overseas.  This must be safe and is threatened by proposed quarantine arrangements.
  • There are dangers from people obtaining supplies from online sources that are not safety checked, properly compliant and subject to VAT in the way that regular supplies would be. 

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About the Institution of Lighting Professionals:
 
The Institution of Lighting Professionals unites the skills of engineering, design and technology in order to deliver quality lighting for the built environment and achieve public benefit.
 
The Institution is a professional body, registered charity and licensed by the Engineering Council to award professional engineering registrations
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Find out more about the Institution here or for further information please contact Tracey White, Chief Executive Officer tracey@theilp.org.uk.

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