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Hackitt Implementation Plan published 20/12/2018 Labelled as Development, Regulation

In a written Ministerial Statement published on 18 December, Secretary of State James Brokenshire announced the publication of an Implementation Plan, explaining how the Government will implement the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in her review of building regulations and fire safety published on 17 May 2018 following the Grenfell Tower fire.

 

Set out in the Government's Implementation Plan is a proposal to establish a Joint Regulators' Group to trial elements of a new regulatory system ahead of any new proposed legislation. The Group will bring existing regulatory bodies together to work with developers and building owners, as well as seeking input from residents and tenants, to develop and test new approaches that may later feature in legislation.

 

The Joint Regulators Group' will comprise key regulators and others - Local Authority Building Control, The National Fire Chiefs Council, the Health & Safety Executive, the Local Government Association which includes the fire and rescue authorities, and others as required.

 

In addition to setting out its plans to implement the changes called for by Dame Judith Hackitt, a full review of fire safety guidance within building regulations has also been launched. The Government has issued a 'call for evidence' that will gather expert advice on the full range of fire safety issues to enable guidance to be revised.

 

The Implementation Plan sets out proposals to consult in the Spring of 2018 on:

 

  • Requirements for residents to be provided with critical safety information about their building
  • Requirements for responsible duty holders to put in place a Resident Engagement Strategy for high risk buildings
  • Options for a clear and quick escalation route for residents' building safety concerns, including relationships with the new regulatory framework for building safety and interactions with existing regulatory and redress schemes.

 

The Government has also issued a Call for Evidence, inviting views from residents and those who manage buildings on how to improve fire and structural safety. This call for evidence invites views on how residents and landlords/building managers work together regarding fire and structural safety and good practice on how residents are supported to each play a part in meeting their responsibilities.

 

Responses are particularly welcomed from residents of multi-occupancy residential buildings, owners and managers of such buildings and anyone else with an interest in this issue.

 

Read the Government's Implementation Plan in full.

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