Government publishes Implementation Plan for change in wake of Hackitt Review

The Government has published its plan for implementing changes to the regulatory framework around building safety in response to the recommendations set out in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety overseen by Dame Judith Hackitt. The Implementation Plan summarises the work that has already been undertaken to make existing buildings safe and to kick-start system reform, as well as the action Government will take to fundamentally reform the building safety system in the future.

In her review, Dame Judith recognised that building owners, construction firms, landlords and others in the construction industry need to do the right thing and lead on culture change across the system. The Government is committed to supporting industry to achieve the culture change needed to build and maintain a reformed building safety system that prioritises residents’ safety both now and into the future.

The Implementation Plan welcomes the efforts of those who are taking early action to drive safety, including members of the early adopters programme who have been instrumental in leading the drive for change. The Implementation Plan also highlights the work being undertaken to develop and share good practice and the commitment to putting building safety first through signing up to the building safety charter.

The Implementation Plan focuses on the work of the industry-led Competence Steering Group, and its own Working Groups, to develop measures designed to provide assurance on the competence of those working on buildings in scope.

Reflecting its role in providing assurance to Government, the Implementation Plan sets out the work of the Industry Safety Steering Group to hold industry to account for progress in implementing the changes Dame Judith recommended in her report. The Industry Safety Steering Group is committed to sharing its insight and to bringing industry together to ensure early action is taking place at the right time and at the right pace.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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