HCLG holds ‘one-off’ session into Hackitt Review fire safety

Following Grenfell, the Hackitt Review investigates the existing regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high rise and complex buildings.

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The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee holds a one-off session with Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP, and Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, due on Monday 28 January.

The focus of the session is to examine Government progress on the implementation of the findings of the Hackitt Review.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the Independent Review of Building Regulations (also known as the Hackitt Review) was established to investigate the suitability of the existing regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high rise and complex buildings.

Its final report was published in May 2018, setting out recommendations including:

• a new regulatory framework, beginning with a focus on higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs)
• a new Joint Competent Authority (JCA) to oversee better management of safety risks throughout the life of a building
• a mandatory incident reporting mechanism for duty holders with concerns about the safety of a HRRB

The Government has pledged to adopt the recommendations in full, with the purpose of the evidence session being to examine its progress in doing so, and the mechanisms and timescales for implementation.

The Committee will also examine the effectiveness of government proposals for a combustible cladding ban, as well as progress in removing dangerous cladding from existing buildings, further looking at what measures have been taken to facilitate a culture change in the sector, and encourage industry participation in the development and implementation of the new regulatory system.

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