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Ministerial Statements on Fire Safety – January 2022

In January, Michael Gove gave a statement on Government's revised plans on fire safety.

Michael Gove’s statement was given in the House of Commons on 10th January. In the statement he spoke about relieving the burden of rectifying the defects and covering the cost of this work.

Finally, we must relieve the burden that has been unfairly placed on leaseholders. I want to pay tribute to all those across the House who have campaigned so passionately on this subject. They know the injustice of asking leaseholders, often young people who have saved hard and made sacrifices to take their first steps on the housing ladder, to pay money they do not have to fix a problem they did not cause, all while the firms who made a profit on those developments sit on their hands. We will take action to end the scandal and protect leaseholders. We will scrap the proposal for loans and long-term debt for medium-rise leaseholders.

Gove then went on to state that the Government’s Consolidated Advice Note would be withdrawn. 

Today I am withdrawing the Government’s consolidated advice note. It has been wrongly interpreted and has driven a cautious approach to building safety in buildings that are safe that goes beyond what we consider necessary. We are supporting new, proportionate guidance for assessors, developed by the British Standards Institution, which will be published this week.

BSI have since published a final version of the BS 9980:2022, which replaces the Government’s consolidated advice note and provides a methodology for the fire risk appraisal of external wall construction and cladding of existing multi-storey and multi occupied residential buildings. You can find out more about BS 9980:2022 here.

Building Safety Defects were debated in the House of Lords on 5th January 2022.  

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