CIOB responds to publication of the Building Safety Bill
The long-awaited Building Safety Bill has now been published. CEO Caroline Gumble gives her initial reaction.
The long-awaited Building Safety Bill has been published today [5 July 2021]. Caroline Gumble, CEO of the CIOB, gives her initial response to today's news:
We are pleased the Government has published its Building Safety Bill, taking forward fundamental reform of the building safety system and addressing the issues identified by Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review.
CIOB are keen to see whether the Government has addressed concerns outlined by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee in their pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill, published in November 2020. The Government has yet to respond to this report and we hope the Bill will address the issues raised by the Committee, including our concerns on accreditation, qualifications, insurance and timescales and resourcing.
Additionally, much of the detail will be in secondary legislation. This will require significant consultation with industry to ensure that the Bill is practical and provides a robust building safety system for all.
Update - 6 July 2021: The policy and public affairs team have made an initial analysis of the Building Safety Bill and some of the accompanying documents which can be found here: CIOB's initial analysis of the Building Safety Bill