In response to the Government consultation on building safety published today, Victoria Moffett, Grenfell Programme Lead at the National Housing Federation says:
“We welcome the Government’s proposals to improve safety in high rise buildings. We agree there needs to be radical improvements to our current regulations. In particular, it’s really positive to see the government adopt the recommendations for clear lines of accountability.
“Housing associations’ first priority is the safety of their residents. Over the last two years, they have been working tirelessly to replace unsafe cladding, carry out in-depth safety checks and put in place interim safety measures where necessary to ensure all buildings are safe. Some housing associations are already piloting the Government’s key recommendations announced today.
“This work to remediate buildings is essential, but it is complex and costly. The Government needs to ensure the implementation of the new system is fully funded so that housing associations can ensure existing residents are safe in their homes, and continue their other essential work to tackle the housing crisis.
“We will actively engage with the consultation process, working closely with our members, government, local authorities and other stakeholders.”