This week’s HCLG Select Committee focused on building regulations and fire -safety, as we continue our work on investigating regulations and remedial action after the tragic Grenfell fire. We were joined by Dame Judith Hackitt and Minister for Housing and Planning, Kit Malthouse MP.
It was clear, speaking to Dame Judith Hackitt, that we need a vast overhaul of our current fire safety measures, especially in multi-occupancy higher risk residential buildings. However, limiting the scope of the proposed new regime, as outlined in her report, could eliminate due consideration for other risk factors. When discussing this with Dame Hackitt, she indicated that the reason for this narrowed scope was to ensure action was taken, so I look forward to seeing other issues addressed as this overhaul progresses.
I also had the chance to question outgoing Minster for Housing and Planning Kit Malthouse MP, to ascertain whether the £200m allocated to remove ACM cladding would be enough. The reach of this project is so vast we need to ensure the funding covers all properties at risk.