Published: 21st May 2019

Government buildings in Cardiff, Wales. The Welsh government is set to reform the system it uses to regulate fire safety in high-rise buildings, it has announced. The Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James will now consider developing a new regulatory regime, to be implemented through new legislation, to replace Wales’ current Fire Safety Order and building control process. The announcement forms part of the government’s response to the Road Map produced by its Building Safety Expert Group. The ‘road map’ was established to improve fire safety in high-rise buildings following Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent report on the Grenfell Tower disaster. James said: ‘We have a strong record of working to improve fire safety in people’s homes; we led the way in requiring sprinklers in all new and converted homes, and since responsibility for fire was devolved in 2005, the number of fires in dwellings has … (To read the full article, subscribe below)