CIOB reaction to HCLG report on pre-legislative scrutiny of Building Safety Bill
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has responded to the Housing, Communities & Local Government Committee’s (HCLG) report released today (24 November 2020) on the pre-legislative scrutiny of the Building Safety Bill.
The report states that “the Government must improve on the detail if it is to demonstrate that its new building safety proposals will drive much needed reform in the sector…and that in its current form, the draft legislation fails to provide sufficient protection against leaseholders paying the bill for work to remedy existing fire safety defects.”
The CIOB formally responded to the call for evidence and are supportive of the Committee’s recommendations. It is particularly pleased to see the Committee call for more detail around the yet unpublished secondary legislation to remove any doubt on the scope of the legislation and the responsibilities on building operators. Additionally, it is positive that the Committee have acknowledged the importance of accreditation to ensure that stakeholders have the confidence in the competence of persons undertaking the new building safety manager role. We look forward to working with the Government to ensure the Bill drives forward reform and remedies the flaws in the existing system as identified in the Hackitt review.
The Committee’s report can be accessed here.