Housing safety laws ‘inadequate and outdated’

New report from Shelter says safety laws stretch back to ‘Victorian times’.


The study – conducted by Universities of Bristol and Kent researchers in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire – discovered 85% of housing professionals believe current rules and regulations are failing to protect the nation’s tenants.

“The laws which are meant to protect people in their homes are inadequate and outdated, stretching back to the Victorian times,” said the charity’s chief executive Polly Neate.

“They’ve failed so catastrophically that those living in social housing are no longer safe.”

“It’s shocking, it’s concerning, it’s ludicrous, ridiculous and dangerous,” said David Cowan, one of the report’s authors.

As reported last week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on the government to find £1bn to install fire safety sprinklers in all high-rise social housing.

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