Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has provided an update on the Government’s plans to reform building regulations in England after the Grenfell Tower fire, confirming that it will accept all of the recommendations of the Hackitt Review.

In a written ministerial statement published today, the Government said it will:

  • Take forward all of the recommendations in the Hackitt review
  • Create a new regulatory and accountability framework for inspections, including removing dutyholder choice

Responding to the announcement ACAI Chairman Paul Wilkins said:

“The UK’s independent building inspectors are dismayed that the Government has decided to implement the Hackitt Review in full and risk undermining the safety of high rise buildings.

“These plans give the lead role in regulating high-risk buildings to the local authority system that failed to prevent tragedies like the fires at Grenfell Tower and Lakanal House.

“This is despite widespread industry concerns that local authorities do not have the skills or resources to oversee the safety of buildings.

“The Government has endorsed these proposals despite the public inquiry into Grenfell not even having begun to investigate the failings that led to the Grenfell Tower fire.

“We need to go further than the Hackitt review, as the Government did by banning combustible cladding, and introduce proper independent oversight of building safety.”

Documents published and updated today include:

Building safety update: written statement

Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan

Technical Review of Approved Document B of the Building Regulations: A Call for Evidence

Approved Document B (Fire Safety)