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Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced a range of measures to ensure residents living in high rise blocks are safe in their homes.
To give effective oversight of the design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings, a Regulator will be at the heart of a new regime and established as part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Mr Jenrick made it clear that building owners are responsible for ensuring their buildings are safe. Where there is no clear plan for remediation, the government will work with local authorities to support them in their enforcement options.
He stated that from February, building owners who have not started to remove unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding from their buildings will be named and shamed.
The government will also consult 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.
Below, we reproduce the MHCLG statement in full, together with the necessary links to further information.
“The Housing Secretary has announced a series of measures to ensure residents are safe in their homes, and feel safe, now and in the future.
The Government has announced a series of steps that MHCLG will take to go further and faster, ahead of publishing the response to our Summer consultation on ‘Building a Safer Future’, which will set out how we propose to implement Dame Judith Hackitt’s proposals for reform of the regulatory system for building safety.
Our announcements today span six broad areas:
In addition, MHCLG continues to work with the Home Office to deliver the Fire Safety Bill to support delivery of the recommendations of the Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1 Report that need to be implemented in law.
The proposed Bill will place beyond doubt that external wall systems, including cladding, and the fire doors to individual flats in multi-occupied residential blocks fall within the scope of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and will support enforcement action.
We will continue to engage with a wide group of stakeholders, including industry, building owners and residents to allow us to listen, learn and gain the feedback that we need to successfully implement reforms to the building safety system.”