LGA responds to Building Safety Bill

"To be most effective, this new regime will need to be properly funded and action is also needed to address the chronic shortage of fire engineers and other competent professionals in the UK today."


scaffolding on a large block of flats

Responding to today’s publication of the Building Safety Bill, Cllr David Renard, housing spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said:

"People have a right to be safe and to feel safe in their own homes, so it is important that this new regime ensures future buildings are built safely and councils and fire services – who the Building Safety Regulator will be reliant on – can crack down on developers and product manufacturers who put people at risk.

"Thousands of dangerous buildings still need remediating now and the costs of doing so must not fall on innocent leaseholders and social housing tenants. The Government needs to go further to help councils, housing associations and leaseholders meet the costs of fire safety defects that are the fault of developers and manufacturers, and bring those responsible to book.

"To be most effective, this new regime will need to be properly funded and action is also needed to address the chronic shortage of fire engineers and other competent professionals in the UK today."