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Government Provide £42m Funding Towards Industry Recruitment

The Government have announced grant funding over the next three years following the introduction of the Building Safety Act 2022.

This includes £16.5m for the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) for the recruitment and training of around 110 new Building Inspectors and 111 Fire Protection Officers to help the Building Safety Regulator oversee “safety and standards of the design, construction and management of higher-risk buildings”.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities (DLUHC) will also provide £26m to support the Fire and Rescue Services in England and the National Fire Chiefs Council.

We are delighted to have secured this funding to provide much needed additional resources for our local authority members in England. Building control surveyors are a scarce commodity and so it’s important that we start to invest in this previously underfunded but vital public service role. We welcome the role that local authority building control will have as part of the new building safety regulator’s multi-disciplinary teams, and in helping to implement the reforms recommended by Dame Judith Hackitt.

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