The government has established a comprehensive Building Safety Programme to ensure that residents of high-rise blocks of flats are safe and feel safe, now and in the future.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has established the Building Safety Programme to cover high-rise residential buildings over 18 metres, including hotels, to make sure that residents of high rise buildings are safe - and feel safe - now, and in the future.
With the support of local fire and rescue services and a panel of independent expert advisers, MHCLG is supporting building owners in taking immediate steps to ensure their residents’ safety and in making decisions on any remedial work that is necessary to do.
The programme is working with building owners, housing providers, schools, hospitals and the construction industry, including an Industry Response Group.
Independent expert advisory panel
Following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, the government appointed an expert panel, chaired by Sir Ken Knight, to advise the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on immediate measures needed to ensure building safety and to help identify buildings of concern. On 5 September the panel’s remit was extended and widened to include other building safety issues.
The panel’s members have a wealth of experience in fire and building safety, including testing processes, and are drawing in wider technical expertise as necessary to inform their advice to government.
The government is aware that local authorities and other building owners are also seeking clarification of actions they should take in relation to buildings with other external wall systems. The expert panel will consider these issues after the systems tests are addressed.
See details of the independent expert advisory panel’s work.
Industry Safety Steering Group
Chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt, the Industry Safety Steering Group (ISSG) has begun work to support and challenge industry in delivering meaningful change to building safety practice and culture.
The group of cross-sector experts meets regularly. See the.
Please note: Advice note 14 - Advice for building owners: external wall systems that do not incorporate ACM has been updated, 18 December 2018.
- Advice note 19 - Advice for building owners on spandrel panels/window panels/infill panels on external walls - 17 October 2018
- Advice note 18 - Advice for owners of buildings which are partially clad in Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems - 28 September 2018
- Advice note 17 - Advice on how composite fire doorsets should be tested and classified - 28 August 2018
- Advice note 16 - Advice for building owners on assurance and replacing of flat entrance fire doors - 16 May 2018 (revised 31 July 2018)
- Advice note 15 - Advice published by the independent expert advisory panel in response to the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report - 18 December 2017
- Advice note 14 - Advice for building owners: external wall systems that do not incorporate ACM - 11 December 2017 (updated 18 December 2018)
- Advice note 13 - Advice for building owners: External Wall Insulation (EWI) systems with a render or brick-slip finish - 11 December 2017
- Advice note 12 - Update on interim mitigation measures required pending remediation of cladding - 29 September 2017
- Advice note 11 - Update and consolidated advice for building owners following large-scale testing - 5 September 2017
- Advice note 10 - Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 6 - 25 August 2017
- Advice note 9 - Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 7 - 21 August 2017
- Advice note 8 - Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 5 - 14 August 2017
- Advice note 7 - Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 4 - 11 August 2017
- Advice note 6 - Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 3 - 8 August 2017
- Advice note 5 - Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 2 - 2 August 2017
- Advice note 4 - Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 1 - 28 July 2017
- Advice note 3 - Explanatory note on large scale cladding systems testing - 20 July 2017
- Advice note 2 - Advice on recladding - 14 July 2017
- Advice note 1 - Explanatory note on safety checks and testing - 30 June 2017
Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety by Dame Judith Hackitt
An Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was led by Dame Judith Hackitt. Its purpose was to make recommendations that will ensure:
- a sufficiently robust regulatory system for the future
- residents feel that the buildings they live in are safe and remain so
It examined building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement with the focus on multi-occupancy high rise residential buildings.
Local authority and housing association funding for fire safety work
Building owners are responsible for funding fire safety measures in their buildings, and should draw on their existing resources to do so.
We will consider the removal of financial restrictions for local authorities where these stand in the way of essential work being done. This does not include general improvements or enhancements to buildings which go beyond this.
In line with their co-regulatory obligations, any housing association that has concerns about its ability to meet the necessary costs must contact the social housing regulator as soon as possible to discuss the matter.
The government will keep these arrangements under review.