'The government must listen to the boroughs on building safety' - London Councils responds to Queen's Speech announcement

  • By JackGraves

London Councils has responded to the commitment in the Queen’s Speech to bring forward legislation on building safety standards. 

Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ Executive Member for Housing & Planning, said:

“We welcome the government moving forward with new laws on building safety – although we clearly need to see the details behind the plans. 

“London boroughs are determined to make sure all residents are safe – and feel safe – in their homes. Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, boroughs have put immense effort into carrying out essential remedial works in their local areas. 

“But it has long been clear that more action is needed at a national level, which is why we’ve repeatedly called for legislation to resolve ongoing safety issues since our initial response to the Hackitt Review’s call for evidence in October 2017. 

“We look forward to the government clarifying the scope of buildings to be covered under the new regime and the resources that will be made available to support this vital work. The government must listen to councils’ expertise and work with us to address safety concerns in our communities.”