The proposed Disaster Safety Bill builds on previous efforts to ensure that people feel safe in their homes and that tragedies such as the Grenfell Tower fire do not occur again.

The law clarifies that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential structures shall manage and limit the danger of fire for the following:

  • the building’s framework and exterior walls, including cladding, balconies, and windows
  • Individual flat entrance doors that open into communal areas

If building owners do not comply, this clarification will allow fire and rescue agencies to take enforcement action and hold them accountable.

James Brokenshire, the Minister for Security, said:

The government has already implemented essential adjustments to building safety, and we remain committed to implementing the recommendations made during phase one of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

The law introduced today will assist in bringing about substantial change in the area of building safety.

Roy Wilsher, chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, said:

I am glad to learn that the new Fire Safety Bill has been announcing. Since 2017, we’ve been advocating for more powers, and these improvements should help people feel safer in their homes. Fire safety should be much more than having a few class b fire extinguishers in the building, you need escape routes, better built structures etc.

Additional caring measures to assist fire and rescue services, detect different types of cladding, and take appropriate actions are something we’re looking forward to seeing.

The bill will lay the groundwork for secondary legislation to implement recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s phase one findings, which recommended that high-rise and multi-occupied residential building owners and management should be liable for several areas, including:

  • Lifts are regularly inspecting, and the results to the local fire and rescue agencies.
  • ensuring that evacuation plans are reviewed and updated regularly, as well as personal evacuation plans for those whose ability to depart may be jeopardized
  • ensuring that inhabitants receive fire safety instructions in a format that they may reasonably to expected to understand
  • ensuring that individual flat entrance doors, where the building’s external walls have hazardous cladding, meet current criteria

The bill also authorizes the assistant of the State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government to amend the list of qualifying premises that fall under the scope of the Fire Safety Order through secondary legislation, allowing the government to respond quickly to changes in building design and construction.

Along with today’s bill, the government is taking a variety of steps to improve building and fire safety, counting:

the declaration of a new Building Safety Regulator by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on January 20, 2020

The Building Safety Bill, introduced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government, will provide more apparent responsibility and more onerous duties to individuals responsible for high-rise buildings.

In both the commercial and public sectors, £1 billion in grant cash will address dangerous cladding systems on high-rise residential structures over 18 meters.

a new Building Safety Bill to implement additional modifications to building safety

the government’s Fire Kills campaign has been the relaunch

The Home Office is also declaring today publishing a summary of replies to the Fire Safety Order 2005 (FSO) call for evidence to coincide with the bill’s introduction.

The request for evidence sought input on the FSO’s application, any revisions that Fire Safety might require, and how they could most effectively.

While Fire Safety could clarify some areas of the FSO, most respondents agreed that the FSO’s scope and objectives are appropriate for all regulated premises, that it should maintain its focus on cover lives over property, and that it should continue to provide a framework for a risk-based and proportionate approach to fire safety regulation. Proposals and following actions will be the subject of a consultation later this year.