Tougher regulatory system for building safety

New plans unveiled by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire have shown how the government is creating a stronger and more effective regulatory framework to improve building safety.

Explaining how the government will implement the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in her review of building regulations and fire safety published following the Grenfell Tower fire, the plans will mean tougher sanctions for those who disregard residents’ safety, more rigorous standards and guidance for those undertaking building work, and a stronger voice for residents.

Building a Safer Future, commits the government to a programme of reform over the coming years which will: take forward all of the recommendations in the Hackitt review; create a more effective regulatory and accountability framework to provide greater oversight of the industry; introduce clearer standards and guidance, including establishing a new Standards Committee to advise on construction product and system standards and regulations; put residents at the heart of the new system of building safety, empowering them with more effective routes for engagement and redress; and help to create a culture change and a more responsible building industry, from design, through to construction and management.

Brokenshire said: “There is nothing more important than being safe in your own home and I am determined to improve building safety. My plan for stronger, tougher rules will make sure there is no hiding place for those who flout building safety rules. By making people responsible and more accountable for safety, we will create a more rigorous system so residents will always have peace of mind that they are safe in their own homes.”