The building safety bill announced in the Queen’s speech yesterday has been welcomed by those in the industry.
Lord Porter, building safety spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said: “This bill cannot come soon enough to reform our broken building safety system and enshrine tough new legislation into law.
“People have a right to be safe and to feel safe in their own homes, and industry and duty-holders now need to step up and deliver the remediation work required.
“No innocent person should have to pay the costs of fixing the problems to make their homes safe. Everything should be done to force the guilty parties to meet the costs they have imposed on the country through decades of failure on an industrial scale and prevent wider economic damage that could result if the cladding scandal continues to impact the housing market.”
Matthew Fell, CBI chief UK policy director, said what the Queen announced in her speech provided “the building blocks for a decade of transformation and inclusive economic growth”.
Fell said: “Business shares the government’s ambition to turbocharge the UK’s recovery post-pandemic and reset the economy… It’s right that the golden thread in this legislative agenda is levelling up the country. We haven’t got a moment to lose.”
Fell said the “strong focus on skills will support high-quality, local jobs” and the emphasis on rail, bus and digital will “better connect local economies” and “a fresh approach to innovation will unlock big, bold ideas and new sources of growth around the country”.
However, Fell said there were “some missed opportunities”.
He said that firms were looking for “greater impetus on enabling legislation to speed up the race to net-zero, and action on business rates to stimulate investment and revive our high streets”.
“The UK’s international competitiveness relies on playing to the economic strengths of our regions and nations. It’s time to turn these measures into swift and bold action,” added Fell.
Steve McGregor, group managing director at DMA Group, a property services specialist, said the speech’s mention of the environment bill and other green commitments would pave the way “for a second green industrial revolution” and could “establish the UK as a global leader in carbon-capture technology”.
He said the recovery plans driven by green goals “will protect tens of thousands of jobs whilst creating an estimated 250,000”.
He added: “Collectively we must move towards renewable energy, waste less and reduce our demand. Commercial and residential contributions of all sizes will help create a greener, safer environment for generations and it is vital that we begin building ambitious, large-scale infrastructure with cutting-edge green technologies across the UK. Property owners and policy decision-makers must now determine the most suitable modus operandi for their buildings to aid energy performance, from insulation and double glazing to heating, cooling, lighting and hot water alternatives. The ambition of delivering better homes and buildings, cleaner air, and unlocking investment is in sight. But most crucially of all, it provides genuine optimism for British innovation after what has been a turbulent 12 months.”