The Government responds to Dame Hackitt’s Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

18 December 2018

Today the Government published their response to Dame Hackitt’s Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation says: 

“The principles the Government have set out today are the right ones and we acknowledge the scale of the job that needs to be done, but residents, building owners and everyone involved in developing and managing high rise buildings will still be waiting for more detail on how the new building safety system will work in practice. 

“The National Housing Federation has already been working with housing associations to take action over the last year and a half. We are backing the Government’s Early Adopters Scheme and Building Safety Charter, through which several housing associations are already trialling some of the much needed changes to the system. Beyond these schemes many housing associations are leading the way on developing and testing new processes for keeping tower blocks safe.

“All of this action must be seen as the starting point of a complete overhaul of our building safety system and it’s vital the Government moves quickly to bring more clarity.”