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Post-Grenfell recommendations to be implemented in full

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The government will implement all recommendations set out in Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into Building Regulations and fire safety following the Grenfell tower disaster.

Housing minister James Brokenshire confirmed that the government will be taking “forward all of the recommendations” set out in the Hackitt review.

The government will also be launching a new regulatory group to ensure the recommendations are properly implemented.

“My plan for stronger, tougher rules will make sure there is no hiding place for those who flout building safety rules,” Brokenshire said.

“By making people responsible and more accountable for safety, we will create a more rigorous system.”

Hackitt’s recommendations include setting up a standards committee to advise on construction product and system standards and regulations, as well as introducing a new regulatory body for all building’s above 10 storeys.

The recommendations made relate to:

  • A less prescriptive, outcomes-based approach to the regulatory framework to be overseen by a new regulator that can drive the right behaviours
  • Clearer roles and responsibilities throughout the design and construction process and during occupation, to ensure real accountability for building safety
  • Residents to be consulted and involved in decisions affecting the safety of their home and listened to if they have concerns
  • A more rigorous and transparent product testing regime and a more responsible marketing regime
  • Industry to lead on strengthening competence of all those involved in building work and to establish an oversight body

Industry to lead on strengthening competence of all those involved in building work and to establish an oversight body

The review was prompted after testing of building materials used in the tower revealed “systemic failures”.

At the time of releasing her report, Hackitt said “The current system is far too complex, it lacks clarity as to who is responsible for what, and there is inadequate regulatory oversight and enforcement. Simply adding more prescription or making amendments to the current system, such as restricting or prohibiting certain practices, will not address the root causes.

“The recommendations in this report will lead to a clearer, simpler but more robust approach to the building and on going management of high rise residential buildings.”

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