A new system for regulating the safety of high-rise buildings and inspecting construction sites will be set out in the building safety bill, the Queen said in her speech at the State Opening of Parliament today.
The Queen has said that ministers will also establish a new building safety regulator to ensure that “the tragedies of the past are never repeated” – referencing the Grenfell fire, which took place in 2017 and claimed 72 lives.
She also said that the Environment bill, skills and net-zero would be at the heart of the next legislative session
The government would also take measures “to address racial and ethnic disparities” and ministers would also bring forward legislation to reduce bureaucracy in the voluntary sector, “releasing additional funds for good causes”.
In the 10-minute speech in the House of Lords, she outlined 30 laws that ministers intend to pass during the coming year. This includes a number of bills carried over from the previous session of Parliament, which ended in April.
IWFM CEO, Linda Hausmanis, said: “As we emerge from the lockdown, the need for skilled workplace and facilities professionals who can support productivity, ensure safety and promote sustainability in organisations has never been greater. These are key challenges for today and this Queen’s speech touches them all.
"The building safety bill brings welcome clarity for the facilities and building safety managers who will gain new legal responsibilities for buildings in scope. Industry can now move forward and fulfil its obligations to deliver culture change, competence and safe homes and facilities for all.
"The Environment Bill is more encouraging in scope than in ambition against the scale of the biggest and most important social, economic and political issue for decades. We continue to wait for the delayed Heat and Buildings Strategy which could begin to guide the facilities profession and others in leading the response is a missed.
"Lastly, we welcome the promise of greater access to upskilling announced in the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill which, as the economy recovers, will need time and stability to become embedded. We urge the Government to provide clarity on the pathways available to employers and employees alike for access to the right skills, whilst continuing to refine the apprenticeship model, opening it up to shorter courses, so that it truly reflects the needs of employers."
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