Building safety funding inquiry launched
19 January 2022
The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee has today launched a new inquiry into building safety and issues relating to funding and remediation. The Committee’s inquiry will examine the announcements made by Secretary of State Michael Gove in his statement to the House of Commons on 10 January.
The full inquiry terms of reference are included further below.
Clive Betts, Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, said:
“The Secretary of State’s announcements on 10 January were a welcome step towards finally addressing the question of meeting the costs of making residential blocks safe rather than dumping the burden on flat-owners. Leaseholders should not be liable for the costs of removing hazardous cladding from their buildings nor the additional work necessary to make their flats safe.
“In our new inquiry, we want to examine the effectiveness and impact of the Government’s planned measures to make developers and industry pay. We also wish to scrutinise whether the Secretary of State’s approach goes far enough to finally fix this crisis and examine what the funding arrangement to be agreed with industry should look like. We will also want to examine the risk to the Department’s budget, particularly around social housing, if it is not able to secure sufficient funds from industry.”
The public evidence sessions for this inquiry are scheduled take place shortly and will conclude ahead of the Secretary of State’s planned report back to the House of Commons before Easter.
Witness details will be confirmed at a later date but the LUHC Committee is likely to seek evidence from a range of stakeholders. The Committee is also likely to conclude its inquiry with an evidence hearing with a Government Minister.
Building Safety Remediation and Funding inquiry - terms of reference
The Committee welcomes evidence submissions [insert link] on the terms of reference outlined below. Given oral evidence sessions for this inquiry are likely to begin shortly, the Committee welcomes early written evidence submissions. The final closing date for submissions is Wednesday 16 February 2022.
In particular, the inquiry seeks answers to the following questions:
- What is your assessment of the Government’s announcements on 10 January 2022 regarding building safety?
- Do the announcements go far enough, and what, if anything, is missing?
- What are the potential impacts of the announcements? In the case of negative impacts, how can they be addressed?
- How might the announcements affect the wider objectives of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, including the building of affordable housing?
- What would you like to see in the funding arrangement to be agreed with industry?