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The UK Government set out in the Queen’s speech on 11 May, its legislative plans for adult education and training for the next parliamentary session with a proposed Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. Read More...

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Commonhold Council launched

14 May 2021

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External walls code of practice consultation launched

Wednesday 28 April 2021

The UK Government has announced a consultation on a new code of practice to assess external walls and cladding systems so building owners receive consistent advice on whether a building needs remedial work.

This forms part of the UK Government's ambitious reform of the building sector, with the British Standards Institution (BSI) commissioned to draft a new code of practice for assessors.

The aim is to ensure external wall assessments are carried out to a high and consistent standard, giving building owners clarity on the fire risk of the construction of external walls. The code will help professionals provide consistent, risk-based, and proportionate advice on whether remediation is necessary.

The public consultation is open until 20 May 2021 and the standard is due to be published in the Autumn once comments have been reviewed.

Building safety

Reforming the building sector links to the UK Government's promise for further investment into the removal of unsafe cladding, which was announced in February 2021. The Housing Minister, Robert Jenrick outlined the funding will ensure leaseholders in England in high-rise buildings above 18 metres will bear no costs to make them safe.

The Draft Building Safety Bill also links to Jenrick’s promise as the legislation aims to reform the regulations surrounding the safety of high-rise buildings in the UK. In September 2020, Propertymark submitted written evidence to the Housing Committee's inquiry into the Bill. where we acknowledged and encouraged the need to improve building safety after the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, but stressed concerns about the practical application of elements contained within the Bill and costs to leaseholders.

 

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As part of the biggest improvements to building safety standards in 40 years, we are taking firm action to ensure homes and buildings are safer. This includes investing over £5 billion to help protect hundreds of thousands of leaseholders from the cost of replacing unsafe cladding on their homes.

Lord Greenhalgh, Building Safety Minister