LABC's Martin Taylor: 'the industry needs to act now'

Martin Taylor, LABC's Director of Regulatory Policy, speaking at the ASCP conference in Newport

Speaking at the ASCP conference in Newport on Thursday 25 April, Martin Taylor, LABC's Director of Regulatory Policy, outlined four areas where far reaching reforms are likely to take place as result of the Hackitt review and the government's commitment to changing the system.

These are:

  • Stronger and more effective regulatory and accountability framework
  • Clearer standards and guidance
  • Stronger residents voice
  • Industry leading and implementing cultural change.

Commenting Martin Taylor said, "This isn't just another review – it is about building a safer future through systemic change. We can see progress through new cultures and practices being trialled through the joint regulators group and early adopters so the new regulatory regime can hit the ground running. We've already seen amendments to Approved Document B, the ban of ACM cladding and a call for evidence to improve the clarity of guidance.

"Residents all too often feel ignored and not engaged but things are happening to hopefully address this with initiatives including the Social Sector (Building Safety) Engagement Best Practice Group (to which LABC, Chief Exec, Paul Everall has been appointed) – but we must still do more.

"And crucially the whole industry needs to come together to affect change – we all need to act now. Cultures are changing and momentum is building. There will be new responsibilities in the new regime – particularly for duty holders to demonstrate that safety is managed effectively.

"LABC is leading the way and is keen to develop and build new relationships now. By working in partnership we can build a safer future."

Picture credit: @ASCP_UK



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