Time taken to gain approval to operate a DEA accreditation scheme.

James made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

We wish to know the time that it took to approve all the existing DEA accreditation schemes, from initial submission to receiving an approval letter. Furthermore, please outline the application and approval process and list any failed applications.

This request relates to applications for approval to operate a DEA accreditation scheme under Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/991).

Yours faithfully,

James

Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

Could you indicate when the information requested will be posted here?

Yours faithfully,

James

Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

Please note that by law, the Department for Communities and Local Government should normally have responded promptly and by 21 March 2011.

There has been no response posted to this query and it is now the 24th March 2011.

Yours faithfully,

James

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Jonathan Bramhall, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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Thank you for your email. A reply to your Freedom of Information request was sent on Monday 21 March to your business email address. I apologise if this was the wrong address. A copy of the reply is attached

Jonathan Bramhall
Department for Communities & Local Government
Home Buying, Selling and Energy Performance Unit
Zone 5/H10, Eland House
London
SW1E 5DU

0303 444 1803

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Dear Jonathan Bramhall,

Thank you for your response.

It is apparent from your figures that the application submitted by PS Energy (www.psenergy.org) (submitted on the 3rd Sep 2010) is taking much longer than it should. Do you have an explanation for this?

Furthermore, you did not answer the other part of the question "please outline the application and approval process". The web site link you included do not cover the internal processes involved in selection.

Yours sincerely,

James

Jonathan Bramhall, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government



Thank you for your email. Your Freedom of Information request asked for
information about the:

"time that it took to approve all the existing DEA accreditation schemes,
from initial submission to receiving an approval letter"

In the letter from John Bryan dated 21 March, we replied that

"Our records show that applications from organisations wishing to become
Accreditation Schemes for Domestic Energy Assessors were received between
7 March 2007 and 8 May 2007. Approval letters were dispatched between 19
April 2007 and 18 June 2007".

You have now asked for an explanation as to why the application from PS
Energy

"is taking much longer than it should".

I assume that you mean why a decision on the application has not been
taken by now. I am not involved in the appraisal of the application from
PS Energy and so I do not know why a decision has not been taken by now.
I suggest you contact the appropriate official (Mark Cousens) directly.
His contact details are:

[email address]

0303 444 1837

You also stated that the reply:

"did not answer the other part of the question 'please outline the
application and approval process'. The web site link you included do not
cover the internal processes involved in selection"

The web site to which a link was provided contains copies of all of the
documents that relate to the application and approval process, including
the internal processes involved in selection. The document which
specifically relates to the internal process is the one entitled
"Accreditation Scheme Approval - existing dwellings "

Jonathan Bramhall
Department for Communities & Local Government
Home Buying, Selling and Energy Performance Unit
Zone 5/H10, Eland House
London
SW1E 5DU

0303 444 1803

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Dear Jonathan Bramhall,

Many thanks for your response.

We have tried to contact Mark Cousens and indeed his predecessor Andy De Lord on many occasions by email, letter and telephone. We have had no response or any progress update at all from the department since our submission. All our communications are being ignored!

Do you have any suggestions how we can get a response from the department regarding the PS Energy application?

Yours sincerely,

James

Juliet Tomlin, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

This request is still outstanding on the Fits database. Can the Fits user please be instructed to close it down as soon as possible.

Many thanks

Juliet Tomlin (FOIAT)
Zone 6 D Floor
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards On-Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA
03034441026

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