Housing secretary Robert Jenrick appears to be following through with promises made before December's General Election.
It is less than six weeks since the General election and the Government appears to be making good on its promise in the Queen?s speech to make building safety a priority. Yesterday, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced a range of measures to improve building safety standards and keep people living in high rise blocks safe in their homes.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Jenrick set out a package of measures that includes:
The Housing Secretary made it clear that building owners are responsible for ensuring their buildings are safe. Where blocks have no plan in place to remove and replace dangerous cladding, the government will work with local authorities to support them in enforcing the works necessary to bring buildings back up to safe standards. However, from February, building owners who have not started to remove unsafe cladding from their buildings will be named and shamed.
The next steps are for the government to consult on extending the ban on combustible materials to buildings below 18 metres and the MHCLG will be seeking views from the property sector on how risks are assessed within existing buildings to inform future policy. In the meantime, we will keep you posted on the changes as they come into effect.
Click here to read yesterday?s building safety announcement in full.
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