Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick will today unveil the Building Safety Bill, which is being introduced following the 2017 Grenfell disaster and subsequent independent review of building regulations and fire safety undertaken by Dame Judith Hackitt.

The Government has confirmed that the new Bill will:

  • Ensure that there are clearly identified people responsible for safety during the design, build and occupation of a high rise residential building;
  • Establish a Building Safety Regulator to hold to account those who break the rules and are not properly managing building safety risks, including taking enforcement action where necessary;
  • Give residents in these buildings more route to raise concerned about safety, and mechanisms to ensure their concerns will be heard and taken seriously;
  • Extend rights to compensation for sub-standard workmanship and unacceptable defects - including an extension of the limitation period to pursue claims against those involved in building unsafe high rise buildings.

It is anticipated that all of the changes will apply retrospectively.