High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage landlords and developers of high rise blocks to address the fire risks associated with (1) dangerous cladding, and (2) other sources of risk.

Photo of Lord Greenhalgh Lord Greenhalgh Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government has made £1.6 billion of funding available for the removal of unsafe cladding systems. We have also put in place additional project management support with construction expertise to help support individual projects and oversee remediation, so there is no excuse for delay. Where building owners are failing to make acceptable progress on remediation, those responsible should expect enforcement action to be taken by local authorities and Fire and Rescue Services. The Government established a Joint Inspection Team to support local authorities in taking enforcement action.

The Government?has?also introduced?the Fire Safety Bill to put beyond doubt that, as part of the fire risk assessment process, building owners and managers of multi-occupied residential premises of any height are required to fully consider and mitigate the risks of any external wall systems and front doors to individual flats. The Fire Safety Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons on 7th September and was introduced in the House of Lords on 8th September.

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