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MAKING HIGH-RISE LIVING SAFE

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9 October 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

newsdesk@fm-world.co.uk


Four months on from Grenfell, the government has published the call for evidence in the independent review of building regulations and fire safety. Herpreet Grewal reports


Four months on from the fatal fire at Grenfell Tower, the government has published the call for evidence for the independent review of building regulations and fire safety following the Grenfell Tower fire. The review is being led by Dame Judith Hackitt.


It will examine building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement. The focus will be on multi-occupancy, high-rise residential buildings.


Its purpose is to make recommendations to ensure “we have a sufficiently robust regulatory system for the future and to provide further assurance to residents that the complete system is working to ensure the buildings they live in are safe and remain so”.


The review will report to both communities secretary Sajid Javid and home secretary Amber Rudd. An interim report will be submitted in autumn 2017 and a final report submitted in spring 2018.


The review will cooperate fully with the public inquiry, and Dame Judith will review her recommendations in the light of the inquiry’s findings.


Last month, Javid, speaking at the National Housing Federation’s conference in Birmingham, announced that there would be a green paper on social housing. He said it would be a “wide-ranging, top-to-bottom review” of issues facing the social housing sector.


Javid explained that the green paper would consider what things have gone wrong, and why, and “most importantly – how to fix them”.  Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, it will consider safety issues as well as the overall quality of social homes, service management and tenants’ rights. “It will cover what can be done to ensure their complaints are taken seriously and dealt with properly, and make sure tenants have clear, timely avenues to seek redress when things do go wrong.”


It is set to look at wider issues of place, community and the local economy, questioning how social landlords can help to create places that people want to live in and what role social housing policy can play in building safe and integrated communities.


Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s public inquiry into the Grenfell fire, which officially opened last month, said it would not include social housing in its probe into the tragedy, according to the terms of reference published in the summer. 


 Responses should be submitted by 13 October to: BuildingRegulationsand

FireSafetyReview@communities.gsi.gov.uk