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Call for builders to be regulated

The UK is the only country in the Westernised world that doesn't regulate or licence their building domestic market Photo: ITV Wales

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Wales could become the only part of the UK where builders would be regulated and require a licence. Builders, trading standards experts and Welsh Government representatives will meet to discuss regulation of the domestic building industry in Wales next month.

The UK is the only country in the Westernised world that doesn't regulate or licence their building domestic market in some way or other.

– Richard Jenkins, Federation of Master Builders Cymru

Regulation of domestic builders in Wales would save lives, according to the heartbroken mum of a three-year-old girl killed by a falling wall.

Lindsay Burgess, whose daughter Meg died in 2008, is supporting plans from inside the industry to introduce a licensing system.

Meg died when a wall built by builder George Collier collapsed onto a pavement in Prestatyn. Collier was later jailed for causing manslaughter by gross negligence.

“I think we are still classed as an unlucky accident by many members of the public,” she said. “Well, no, another death is waiting to happen.”

Mrs Burgess was talking to ‘Wales This Week’ which looks at the call for regulation and investigates how people who have work done can avoid rogue traders and cowboy builders.