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Grenfell response pledges prompt improvement to building safety

Thursday 23 January 2020

The UK Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report proposes measures to ‘go further and faster to improve the safety of residents.’

The core of the new regime will be a regulator, supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), that will give effective oversight of the design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings

Responsibility for building safety lies with building owners, and those that have not taken action to make their buildings safe will be named from next month – a commitment made by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. Where there is no clear remediation plan, the government will work with local authorities to support them in their enforcement options.

It is unclear whether building owners will be able to force leaseholders to pay for the remedial work. Mr Jenrick, during a special debate in the House of Commons, made a commitment to make funds and assistance available for homeowners who find themselves in this situation.

The Government will consult on extending the ban on combustible materials to buildings below 18 metres. 

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The government is committed to bringing about the biggest change in building safety for a generation.

Progress on improving building safety needs to move significantly faster to ensure people are safe in their homes and building owners are held to account.

That’s why today I’m announcing a major package of reforms, including establishing the Building Safety Regulator within the Health and Safety Executive to oversee the new regime and publishing consolidated guidance for building owners.

Unless swift progress is seen in the coming weeks, I will publicly name building owners where action to remediate unsafe ACM cladding has not started. There can be no more excuses for delay, I’m demanding immediate action.

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

Proposed measures

Building Safety Regulator – With a strong track record of working with industry and other regulators to improve safety, a new regulator will draw on the experience and the capabilities of other regulators to implement the new regime. Dame Judith Hackitt will chair a Board to oversee the transition.

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We are proud the Government has asked HSE to establish the new Building Safety Regulator.

HSE’s vast experience of working in partnership with industry and others to improve lives will ensure people are confident the creation of the new regulator is in good hands.

Martin Temple, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive

Advice on building safety for multi-storey, multi-occupied buildings – The Government has appointed an independent expert advisory panel (IEAP), clarifying and updating advice for building owners on building safety. This has focussed on their external wall systems (cladding).

Fire doors – The Association of Composite Door Manufacturers has committed to working with building owners to remediate doors which failed safety tests.

Remediation of buildings with ACM cladding – The Government will appoint a construction expert to review remediation timescales and identify what can be done to improve pace in the private sector.

Combustible cladding ban - The Government has also launched a consultation into the current ban, including proposals to lower the 18-metre height threshold to at least 11 metres.

Sprinklers - The Government’s consultation on sprinklers and other measures for new-build flats concluded on 28 November 2019 where they have proposed lowering the height threshold for sprinkler requirements in new buildings and will set out detailed proposals in their technical review of fire guidance in February.

Fire Safety Bill - A Fire Safety Bill – set out in the Government response to Phase 1 of the Grenfell enquiry - will be introduced to Parliament, setting out changes to make enforcement easier where building owners have failed to act.


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