CIH concern over consultation for building safety reform

Eight weeks not seen as enough to allow for effective representation.

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CIH says eight weeks is not enough to allow for consultation over the reform of building safety regulation when the statutory timescale is 12 weeks.

“Given the many important issues it raises and the level of technical detail it covers, such a short timescale risks denying many groups, including residents, the chance to contribute in a meaningful way – we urge the government to think again about this,” said CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat.

The regulation proposals and related eight week consultation were published by MHCLG yesterday (June 6) – during a Commons debate on the Grenfell response.

Already, the NHF has warned of a need to ensure implementation is fully funded.

Despite concerns over consultation, CIH welcomes the consultation and pledges to work closely with members, the sector and the government to ensure that the proposed reforms are “robust and practical” for “swift and effective” implementation.

“It’s good to see more detail and clarity on the government’s proposals – including the new dutyholder regime and the role of the BSM (building safety manager), “ said Alafat.

“We also welcome the proposals to put residents at the heart of the new regulatory system.

“There is a lot of detail to be absorbed, and we will work closely with our members to ensure the views of housing professionals are reflected in our response to the consultation,” she said.

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