Use of sections 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Reference: 
2019/17643
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

At FREP committee on 18 July, use of s77 and s78 of the Building Act 1984 was suggested as a route for local authorities to force recalcitrant building owners to take action on flammable cladding. What discussions has the GLA and LFB had with local authorities, the Health and Safety Executive, and other relevant bodies, on this matter?

Answer

Use of sections 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984

Use of sections 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Government has set up the Joint Inspection Team (JIT) to provide support to local authorities to use their enforcement powers where the building owner is reluctant to remediate. My team continue to engage with London Boroughs and support their work where possible, but it is not the GLA’s role to advise other bodies on enforcement.

London Fire Brigade has made representations to Government to stress the urgency in getting this matter resolved and for consideration to be made of additional measures that could be introduced to support the removal of unsafe cladding systems.