Response to the ministerial statement on building safety

  • By JackGraves

Responding to the update on building safety from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, London Councils has highlighted the need for a swift legislative timetable.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils' Executive member for housing & planning, said: 

“London boroughs welcome the government’s commitment to a programme of reform and to implementing the improvements to building safety that we all want to see.

“However, we remain concerned that too much of this plan relies on promoting best practice rather than a swift timetable for legislating to enable robust enforcement of safety standards. Boroughs need to be able to take faster action against private owners of unsafe buildings, and we must ensure our officers – from building control through to environmental health – have their work backed up by strong legislative powers.

“The safety of our residents is the top priority for London boroughs – and building safety has to remain similarly prominent on the government’s agenda. We will continue to work with the government on this and will keep pushing for the legislative changes we believe are necessary.”