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Minister for Security James Brokenshire has announced a new Fire Safety Bill, to amend the Fire Safety Order 2005. The Bill will be subject to consultation later in the year.
The Bill will clarify that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for:
This clarification will empower fire and rescue services to take enforcement action and hold building owners to account if they are not compliant
The bill will provide a foundation for secondary legislation to take forward recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry phase one report, which stated that building owners and managers of high-rise and multi-occupied residential buildings should be responsible for a number of areas including:
The bill will also give the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government the powers to amend the list of qualifying premises that fall within the scope of the Fire Safety Order by way of secondary legislation, enabling the government to respond quickly to developments in the design and construction of buildings.
Alongside today’s bill, a number of actions are being taken across government to improve building and fire safety including:
Further details may be found on the MHCLG web site here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fire-safety-bill