|Below is a communication from Victoria Moffett, Grenfell Programme Lead at the National Housing Federation, following a consultation report from the Government based on the Hackitt review.
Today the Government published its consultation, Building a Safer Future: Proposals for Reform of the Building Safety Regulatory System.
About the consultation
This is a major consultation setting out the Government’s proposals for implementing the recommendations of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which will improve the safety of high rise buildings.
Following this consultation, we expect the Government to put forward a Bill in Parliament in early 2020 to enact the legislation required.
We welcome the Government’s proposals and we agree there needs to be radical improvements to our current regulatory system. In particular, it’s really positive to see the Government adopt the recommendations for clear lines of accountability.
We will provide a member briefing shortly that outlines what the proposal means for housing associations. In the meantime, I have provided some initial commentary below.
The Government is keen to hear what people who live in high rise buildings think about the proposals. We will respond to the consultation process, working closely with our members, government departments, local authorities and other stakeholders to submit our response. Our briefing will provide more information on how you can feed into this.
We have two upcoming building safety events that will focus on today’s new consultation, outlining its implications, and gathering feedback on what it means for housing associations:
We hope to see you at these events so we can shape a sector response together.
You can download the full consultation report from the Government’s website. The deadline for responses is 31 July.