Government to implement Hackitt review in full

Aaron Morby 5 years ago
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The government will implement all of the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety following the Grenfell disaster.

Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire has pledged to introduce a tougher and more effective regulatory framework to improve building safety standards across the country.

He said there would be no hiding place for those who break safety rules.

The government has established a Joint Regulators’ Group to trial elements of a new regulatory system ahead of any new legislation.

The group will link together existing regulatory bodies – Local Authority Building Control, The National Fire Chiefs Council, the Health & Safety Executive and Local Government Association – to work with developers, building owners and tenants, to develop and test fresh approaches.

Further details about planned changes to regulatory systems will be announced in the Spring.

He also confirmed the Government’s earlier commitment to a full-scale review of the guidelines, known as ‘Approved Document B’ and issued a call for evidence.

Building a Safer Future – Government reform plan

  • Implement all of the recommendations in the Hackitt review
  • Create a more effective regulatory and accountability framework
  • Drive a culture change in construction for a more responsible industry, from design, through to construction and management
  • Introduce clearer standards and guidance, including setting up a new Standards Committee to advise on construction product and system standards
  • Put residents at the heart of the new system of building safety

Brokenshire said: “There is nothing more important than being safe in your own home and I am determined to improve building safety.

“My plan for stronger, tougher rules will make sure there is no hiding place for those who flout building safety rules.

“By making people responsible and more accountable for safety, we will create a more rigorous system so residents will always have peace of mind that they are safe in their own homes.”

He added: “This implementation plan sets out how we will be working with industry to help them lead the required culture change and prioritise public safety.

“In doing so, we will champion those who are doing the right thing, challenge those who have further to go – including by supporting local
authorities to take enforcement action – and consider whether legislation is needed to assure the competence of those carrying out building work.”

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