Social housing building safety pilot announced
THE PILOT scheme will see residents and landlords trial ‘innovative methods of communicating building safety matters’, following the Hackitt Review into building regulations and fire safety.
Property Wire reported on the scheme, which is the ‘result’ of a ‘key commitment’ made in both a social housing green paper and the implementation plan for the Hackitt Review, with a government appointed group to ‘debate new ways to engage social housing residents on fire and building safety issues to help to ensure social residents are given a stronger voice’.
The site added that it was ‘hoped that the pilots will help drive culture change across the social housing sector’, with a pilot panel to present findings to the government after six months to ‘inform and develop’ policies. Eight social landlords and respective residents will form groups, and each landlords will be joined by a resident to help ‘share best practice and challenge existing approaches towards ensuring resident safety’.
This scheme will be independently chaired by LEASE board member Victoria Elvidge, Local Authority Building Control’s chief executive Paul Everall and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s fire safety technical officer Tim Birchall. Housing Minister Kit Malthouse stated: ‘Everyone deserves a safe and decent place to call home.
‘As our Social Housing Green Paper and Implementation Plan set out, we are keen to pilot new and engaging options to ensure social housing residents are better informed on issues that matter most to them, none more so than their safety. This new group will see social landlords and their residents come together to explore new ways to trial this that will help inform wider reforms as we look to rebalance the relationship between landlord and residents.
‘Group members will decide on and implement short term pilots to be trialled over a six month period covering a wide range of approaches to keeping residents informed on the safety of their building.’