Building Regulations and Fire Safety in Scotland

 

Background and Evidence

Building Regulations and Fire Safety

On 21 June 2017, the Committee considered its work programme and agreed to widen its ongoing scrutiny of building regulations in Scotland to include the safety aspect of these regulations, following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London.

Read the news release on building regulations and fire safety.

The Committee's work on building regulations and fire safety in Scotland between June 2017 and January 2017 can be found at the following link:

Local Government and Communities Committee Work on Building Regulations and Fire Safety in Scotland between June 2017 and January 2018

The Committee also undertook a piece of work on the building standards verification scheme from February to June 2017 and this can be found at the following link:

Local Government and Communities Committee Work on Building Regulations in Scotland

Committee Report

The Committee published its report on building regulations and fire safety in Scotland on 30 October 2017:

The Scottish Government responded to the Committee's report on 19 December 2017:

Correspondence

Following the publication of the Committee's report, the Director of NHBC Scotland wrote to the Convener on 20 November 2017:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Convener on 23 November 2017:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Committee on 15 March 2018 in relation to the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety and fire doors:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Committee on 28 March 2018 with an update on the work of the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Committee on 18 April 2018 with an update on the three local authorities that needed to improve performance:

 The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Committee on 4 July 2018 on the publication of the building standards review panels on fire safety and compliance and enforcement and the associated consultation:

 Committee Debate

The Committee held a debate in the Chamber on 23 November 2017. The Official Report of the debate can be found at the following link:

Timetable

In January 2018, the Committee agreed to seek evidence from the Chair of the working group charged with reviewing enforcement and compliance; and from the Chair of the working group charged with reviewing of fire safety in building standards, once both groups had reported. Both these groups were established by the Scottish Government's Ministerial Work Group on building and fire safety. 

The Committee also agreed to consider the final report of Dame Judith Hackett who was asked by the UK Government to conduct an Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety with a particular focus on high-rise residential buildings in England and Wales. 

The Committee has also agreed to seek evidence from the Minister for Local Government and Housing on the outcomes of the Ministerial Working Group later in the year.

 
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