News

03-08-17

NFCC submission to Grenfell Tower Inquiry

The Government has set up an independent public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower. To assist the Inquiry and draw up terms of reference, a consultation was held with people affected by the fire. Organisations and partners were also inv…

03-08-17

Government fire safety testing programme continues

A statement from DCLG has been released regarding fire safety testing of cladding.  The second in the government’s series of fire safety tests of cladding and insulation combinations has been completed by the Building Research Estab…

31-07-17

Government announces independent review of building regulations and fire safety

An independent review of building regulations and fire safety has been announced by the government (28 July 2017). This follows the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, which raised serious questions about the fire safety of high rise residential bu…

26-07-17

Home Office announces Essex PCC to take on responsibility for fire and rescue service

The Home Office has announced that Essex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) proposal to take on responsibility for Essex Fire and Rescue Service has been approved by the Home Secretary (25 July). Responding the the announcement, National Fire…

19-07-17

Home Office announces new fire inspectorate

The Home Office has announced a ‘significant’ new role for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) - as it will now oversee the new fire inspectorate regime.  HMIC will become the single inspectorate for polici…

17-07-17

Advice from DCLG has been sent to all building control bodies in England

A statement from the Department for Communities and Local Government has been released stating it has written to all building control bodies in England highlighting key Building Regulations requirements when cladding work on high rise buildings over …

12-07-17

Grenfell Tower Inquiry website

A new website detailing information about the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has now been launched. The Inquiry will examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. It will establish the facts a…

07-07-17

Expert panel recommends further tests on cladding and insulation

DCLG has issued a press release stating that the independent expert panel on safety has advised further testing as the next step to be conducted in helping landlords to ensure the safety of their buildings. Please see the full press release below.&…

05-07-17

Fire Minister's speech at the Fire Safety Conference

Nick Hurd attended the Fire Safety Conference 2017 organised by Westminster Briefing yesterday (July 4th 2017). The Fire Minister's speech included information about Grenfell tower and key points included:   The first prior…

30-06-17

New Grenfell Tower expert advisory panel first meeting

The new Grenfell Tower expert advisory panel on safety has used their first meeting to set out the scope of vital work to ensure people living in high rise buildings are safe. The expert panel will provide independent advice to the Secretary o…