The government has agreed with a number of recommendations from a select committee about how the new regulatory regime detailed in the building safety bill will operate including having a publicly accessible register of “competent building safety managers”.
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee conducted pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft bill which the government has now responded to.
The government said: “We have been carefully considering each of the committee’s recommendations in turn and have made substantial changes to the legislation and to our operational plans since the publication of the draft bill.”
The government said it agreed that “a publicly accessible register of competent building safety managers may help bring assurance to the accountable person in their decision to appoint a competent building safety manager and encourage transparency in their appointment to residents”.
It said that it can also “encourage revalidation of competence and support continuous professional development. However, the government’s view is that this should not be the only indication that the building safety manager is competent to carry out their role for a particular building, which may require specific skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours for the particular building type. Registration as a building safety manager should therefore only be seen as a starting point for competence”.
The government also said that it is its “intention to publish further detail on key elements of the new regime, including the Gateways process and construction products before the relevant clauses are considered in committee”.
The government said: “We want to work with residents, industry, and Parliament to ensure these regulations are fit for purpose.”
It also agreed with the committee’s recommendation “that powers to amend primary legislation should be included only where justified and necessary”.