Joint inspection of tower blocks

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Reference: 
2019/9231
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Changes to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order and the Housing Health and Safety Rating System have now been passed by Parliament, which came into force on 23 January this year Joint inspection from fire and rescue services, the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities are now able to enforce removal of dangerous cladding. What progress is being made in setting up teams in London?

Answer

Joint inspection of tower blocks

Joint inspection of tower blocks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The national Government has asked the Local Government Association to take a lead on setting up the Joint Inspection Team. It will be a multidisciplinary taskforce to support local authorities in taking enforcement action against inactive building owners.

The taskforce was announced in June 2018; progress has been slow, though we are told it should be up and running in the next couple of months. Once it is set up, ministers must make sure the team has the power and resources it needs to be effective.