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Jan17

Fire Safety Bill

Crown

The Fire Safety Bill 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019. No date is yet available for second reading.

“New measures will be brought forward...to improve building safety.”

The main elements of the Fire Safety Bill are to:

Put beyond doubt that the Fire Safety Order will require building owners and managers of multi-occupied residential premises of any height to fully consider and mitigate the risks of any external wall systems and fire doors in buildings of any height.

Strengthening the relevant enforcement powers to hold building owners and managers to account

The purpose of the Bill is to deliver meaningful change to ensure an appalling tragedy like Grenfell can never happen again.  

Implement the relevant legislative recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry Phase 1 Report.

The main benefits of the Bill would be to provide residents in these properties with reassurance that the Government is learning lessons from the Grenfell tragedy and taking steps to improve their safety.

Making clear Fire and Rescue Services’ role to undertake enforcement against dangerous cladding and fire doors in residential buildings.

The Bill's provisions would extend and apply to England only. Fire safety policy and fire and rescue services are devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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