On 20 January the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government made a statement to Parliament regarding Building Safety. The Full transcript, and answers to the accompanying questions, can be viewed on the UK’s Parliaments website.
A summary of the various issues outlined in the statement has been produced and the main issues raised are as follows:
a new Building Safety Regulator to be hosted within the Health & Safety Executive
new advice for owners of multi-storey, multi-ownership buildings. This consolidated advice can be read here
a call for evidence is seeking views for the assessment of risks within existing buildings;
more work is being done to speed up remediation of buildings with ACM cladding, including naming and shaming of owners who are not carrying out remediation works
the government has also launched a consultation into the current combustible cladding ban including proposals to lower the 18 metre height threshold to at least 11 metres
the government has responded to the phase one report of the Public Inquiry; and it has set out some more details regarding the proposed Fire Safety Bill, including how it will clarify the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Further proposals are expected to be announced by the Secretary of State in February.