Govt backs Hackitt building regs review

The UK government has given its full support to the recommendations made in Dame Judith Hackitt's review of building regulations.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has announced that the recommendations, which came from a review established in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, will be implemented by the government.

This will include creating a more effective regulatory and accountability framework to provide greater oversight of the industry and introducing clearer standards and guidance.

Brokenshire pledged to put residents “at the heart of the new system of building safety” and help create “a culture change and a more responsible building industry”.

“By making people responsible and more accountable for safety, we will create a more rigorous system so residents will always have peace of mind that they are safe in their own homes,” he said.

The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire resulted in many properties across the country replacing external cladding that was deemed to be among the contributors to the speed at which the fire spread.