Council team wins prestigious award

27 April 2018

Taunton Deane Borough Council has won a national award after installing ground breaking safety technology in its properties. 

The council was one of the first in the country to install Gas Tag’s software in its 4,500 properties. The pioneering software is the first of its kind and is bringing about a ‘revolution’ in gas safety in the UK. 

Gas Tag is the only technology that verifies the credentials of gas engineers via a direct link to the Gas Safe Register.  Each engineer has to evidence their competency and their completed job gets uploaded to a centralised portal where the data can be monitored in real-time.  This provides landlords with a ‘NASA-style’ dashboard for gas safety compliance. 

At the Association of Gas Safety Managers’ AGSM awards, which celebrate gas safety in social housing, Taunton Deane Borough Council won the Social Housing Compliance award. 

The awards were announced at the annual national conference dinner at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.

Richard Wiseman, property investment manager at Taunton Deane, said: “We’re delighted to have won this prestigious award.  We first met Gas Tag at last year’s AGSM awards and were so impressed with their technology that we quickly implemented it in our homes.

“Thanks to Gas Tag’s innovative technology we’re leading the way in managing our homes and going above and beyond to ensure the safety of our tenants.” 

Councillor Terry Beale, Executive councillor for housing services, added: “I am delighted that our team has won the award and recognised for its efforts.  Safety is so important to us and to our tenants. Congratulations to the whole team.” 

In the forthcoming IGEM Gas Safety Awards, which honours outstanding companies in the sector, Taunton Deane Borough Council has also been shortlisted for Innovative Product and Innovative Project together with Gas Tag. 

Paul Durose, co-founder and chief executive for Gas Tag said: "We’re delighted that Taunton Deane Borough Council has won this prestigious national award as a result of installing our pioneering software. 

"Our revolutionary technology enables social and private landlords to know in real time that their gas appliances have been properly serviced and inspected. 

“We are on track to fit Gas Tags in over a million rented homes in the coming months which means we will be protecting even more tenants from the dangers of unregistered illegal gas fitters.” https://gastag.co.uk/