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Lib Dems: Time Government acted on building regulations

May 17, 2018 12:40 PM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Responding to the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt's final report on the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:

Campaign: Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse (Twitter) (Twitter)"It is time for the Government to act. Ministers must now fully and swiftly implement the recommendations in Dame Hackitt's report.

"The current building regulation system is completely broken. There is a fundamental lack of accountability and enforcement within building regulations. This must be tackled if we are to witness real change in building safety.

"For proper accountability, the Government must ensure that there is a named qualified individual responsible for signing off on the safety of high rise buildings.

"The time when builders and developers can simply specify and sign off their own work must come to an end."

Simon StokesSouthampton Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Simon Stokes added:

"Dame Hackitt's report is, on the whole, to be welcomed. However some, including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), believe its recommendations do not go far enough to ensure the safety of residential tower blocks and their residents.

"I have today written to the Cabinet Member for Housing at Southampton City Council, and asked him to confirm whether on not RIBA's additional recommendations will be considered by the Council as part of any current or future retro-fitting or construction projects of residential tower blocks in the city."