SHiP has responded to MHCLG on the Hackitt consultation on Fire Safety. Our response focuses on the implications on supported/sheltered housing including where properties are agency managed. We are seeking regulations that recognise the complexities of supported housing provision, building a robust but achievable framework that does not limit clients' human rights. We have offered to share with the Ministry the SHiP agency monitoring arrangements on fire safety.
The Hackitt consultation builds on the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt's Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. It proposes fundamental reform of building safety requirements so that residents are safe, and feel safe, in their homes.
The proposals span 5 broad areas:
- the scope of the new regime
- the concept of dutyholders who have clear responsibilities throughout a building's design, construction and occupation
- giving residents a stronger voice in the system and ensuring their concerns are never ignored
- plans for a new building safety regulator to provide oversight of the new building safety regulatory regime
- strengthened enforcement and sanctions to deter non-compliance with the new regime
- Clarification of responsibility including that of the client that takes into account the agency management relationship
- Duty on statutory agencies to co-operate
- Recognition of the limited and reducing funding from support commissioners and their role in fire safety
- Advice to Housing Benefit Departments that fire safety is a housing management function and thus an eligible service charge
- Definition of complex buildings and supported housing
- Landlord rights to access clients properties for fire safety purposes in line with that for gas safety purposes
- Scoping and regulations that do not result in Registered Providers stopping supported housing provision or the human rights of clients being infringed