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Government publishes Implementation Plan for change in wake of Hackitt Review

The Government has announced that a ‘stronger and more effective’ regulatory framework will implement all of Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations, and review building regulation fire safety guidance.

The Government has published its plan for implementing changes to the regulatory framework around building safety in response to the recommendations set out in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety overseen by Dame Judith Hackitt.

The Implementation Plan summarises the work that has already been undertaken to make existing buildings safe, and to kick-start system reform, as well as the action Government will take to fundamentally reform the building safety system in the future.

In her review, Dame Judith recognised that building owners, construction firms, landlords and others in the construction industry need to do the right thing and lead on culture change across the system. The Government is committed to supporting industry to achieve the culture change needed to build and maintain a reformed building safety system that prioritises residents’ safety both now and into the future.

The Implementation Plan welcomes the efforts of those who are taking early action to drive safety, including members of the early adopters programme who have been instrumental in leading the drive for change. The Implementation Plan also highlights the work being undertaken to develop and share good practice and the commitment to putting building safety first through signing up to the building safety charter.

The Implementation Plan focuses on the work of the industry-led Competence Steering Group, and its own Working Groups, to develop measures designed to provide assurance on the competence of those working on buildings in scope.

Reflecting its role in providing assurance to Government, the Implementation Plan sets out the work of the Industry Safety Steering Group to hold industry to account for progress in implementing the changes Dame Judith recommended in her report. The Industry Safety Steering Group is committed to sharing its insight and to bringing industry together to ensure early action is taking place at the right time and at the right pace.

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