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Notification of the fire safety consultation and publication of the draft building safety bill

LAUNCH OF HOME OFFICE FIRE SAFETY CONSULTATION AND PUBLICATION OF DRAFT BUILDING SAFETY BILL

We are writing to inform you that today the Government is announcing a package of reforms as part of our programme of work to improve building regulations and fire safety systems in buildings where people live, stay or work.

We are determined to continue to learn the lessons from the Grenfell Tower fire and reform building and fire safety to ensure that such a tragedy can never happen again.

Today, another significant step has been taken towards meeting this objective. With the publication of the Building Safety Bill, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are introducing the biggest change in building safety in a generation. The draft Building Safety Bill takes forward the Government's fundamental reform of the building safety system, introducing new regulatory regimes for building safety and construction products.

We are strengthening the whole regulatory system for building safety, as well as ensuring there is greater accountability and responsibility for fire and structural safety issues throughout the lifecycle of buildings within the scope of a more stringent regime.

We are also today announcing the launch of the Fire Safety Consultation, which builds on the Fire Safety Bill currently progressing through Parliament and is another important and necessary step towards delivering the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report recommendations.

The Fire Safety Consultation includes proposals to: strengthen the Fire Safety Order and improve compliance; implement the Inquiry's recommendations that require a change in law; and improve arrangements for consultation between building control bodies and fire and rescue authorities in relation to building work, and arrangements for the handover of fire safety information. This is alongside an existing commitment to overhaul supporting guidance for the Order.

The Fire Safety Consultation [1] is now live and will be open for a period of 12 weeks, closing on 12 October 2020.

The consultation is open to the public and we invite responses from groups and/or individuals impacted or representing the interests of those affected by the Fire Safety Order and related matters. If you have any queries, would like to get in touch or wish to request alternative format versions of the consultation document please contact us at:

FireSafetyUnitconsultations@homeoffice.gov.uk.

This consultation gives you the opportunity to inform our final decisions to ensure that they are driven by effectiveness and ultimately, ensure that all people are safe from fire where they live, stay or work.

Yours sincerely,

Fire Safety Unit

Fire and Resilience Directorate

Crime, Policing and Fire Group, Home Office

Fry Building | 2 Marsham Street | London | SW1P 4DF

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