I’m pleased to be serving on the Committee scrutinising the Conservative Government’s Building Safety Bill.
The Committee Stage of the legislation process is where a detailed examination of the Bill takes place. The Bill Committee can take evidence from experts and interest groups from outside Parliament and table amendments to the Bill for discussion, which can be voted upon by Committee members. Once the Bill has passed Committee Stage, it then returns to the House of Commons for its Report Stage, where all members of the House of Commons will debate the amendments passed by the Committee.
Four years after the Grenfell tragedy, stronger building safety regulation is long overdue. The Government’s approach to the building safety crisis has been ineffective, blighted by inertia, and beset by increasing costs. Despite repeated promises by the Government to make buildings safe and protect leaseholders. Hundreds of thousands of people still live in unsafe homes, and millions are caught up in the wider building safety crisis.
While the Building Safety Bill makes important regulation changes, we need further detail on how the changes will work in practice and additional provisions to be included in the Bill to protect the hundreds of thousands of leaseholders trapped in unsafe homes, facing huge bills to fix historic fire safety failures. Leaseholders in Luton South and across the country should not be punished for developers’ failures.
You can go to the Committee’s page on the Parliament website to find out about our upcoming meetings. I will be updating my website and social media on my work on the Building Safety Bill Committee, so keep a lookout!