Building & Fire Safety (England & Wales)

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick gave a ministerial statement on Building and Fire Safety in the House of Commons today (20th Jan).

(1) a new Building Safety Regulator will be at the heart of a new regime – established as part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – this will exist in shadow form immediately, ahead of it being fully established, following legislation (see the Queen’s Speech blog post I wrote) – Dame Judith Hackitt will chair a Board to oversee the transition,

(2) from next month building owners will be named where remediation has not started to remove unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding from their buildings,

(3) the government is consulting on extending the ban on combustible materials to buildings below 18 metres and views will be sought on how risks are assessed within existing buildings to inform future policy – here,

Further details are here.

20 Jan updated Building Safety Guidance is here.

(4) the government has issued a call for evidence on prioritisation of Fire risks – here – the outcome of this will assist the review of Fire Safety legislation.