Colin Jones offers critical commentary on the new Building Safety Bill

The short-term response to the inquiry following the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire tragedy has understandably focussed on high rise buildings with multiple occupancy. The conclusion of the extensive investigations into the fire was that the building safety system in the UK is not fit for purpose and a more effective regulatory and accountability framework is needed for all building types. The requirement for broader regulatory enforcement powers in cases of non-compliance with building regulations – and for an extension of the civil remedies available to individuals affected by inadequate construction was also raised.

Acting at last?

The Fire Safety Act 2021 clarifies who is responsible for managing fire ris...

Colin Jones

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