FBU “will watch government like a hawk” over new building safety measures

The FBU has said it will “watch like a hawk” the government’s new measures to improve building safety. 

Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick yesterday unveiled a raft of new measures designed to improve safety, including establishing a new building safety regulator, fire doors, cladding and sprinklers.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “The FBU recognises that there is much in the minister’s announcement that we have long campaigned for. However, we cannot ignore the woeful record of this government and previous governments on fire safety, or on implementing the recommendations of inquests and public inquiries. Indeed, many of the issues raised by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry were raised in the inquest into the fire at Lakanal House.

“Up until now, we’ve seen delay after delay from both government and the inquiry. We will be watching government like a hawk to ensure these changes are implemented quickly, robustly, and in consultation with firefighters and residents.”

Prospect deputy general secretary Garry Graham said: “Prospect welcomes in principle the formation of the new buildings regulator, in particular its inclusion within the Health and Safety Executive. HSE has a breadth of regulatory experience at its disposal and it is a deserved vote of confidence in its staff that it will be managing the formation of the new regulator.

“Over the past few years, however, funding constraint has led to more and more pressure being put on HSE staff with recruitment and retention falling behind requirements. It is essential that the formation of the new body is backed up by appropriate levels of both funding and regulation to give it the teeth and resources it needs to do a proper job.”

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