The Local Government Association (LGA) led work commissioned by Government to develop this sector-led guidance on fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats, which was written by experts in the field of fire safety and was published in July 2011. This was after landlords voiced a number of concerns about how best they can deliver an appropriate level of fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats.
The LGA worked alongside local authorities, private sector landlords and management agents, housing and environmental health professionals and fire and rescue services to produce this guidance.
Following the Lakanal House fire inquest, the Coroner produced a number of recommendations which are being addressed by the Fire Sector, Local authorities and Government. The LGA consulted Government and other partners on the implications of the recommendations for this guidance and they were satisfied that the guidance remained appropriate.
This guidance needs to be read in conjunction with the advice to building owners published by DCLG on 29 September 2017.
We will be reviewing this guidance in the light of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Buildings Regulations and Fire Safety, the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire under Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the advice DCLG has now published and expert views from the National Fire Chiefs Council and DCLG.
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