building safety act

Building Safety Act to get £42m force of new inspectors and HSE launches ‘Be Ready’ Campaign

The government is pledging to spend £42m over the next three years recruiting and training more than 200 new inspectors to police the Building Safety Act.

The grant funding will enable local regulators to recruit, train and employ new Building Control Inspectors and Fire Inspectors. The cash will go to Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the Fire and Rescue Services in England and the National Fire Chiefs Council.

These local partners will support the work of the new Building Safety Regulator in overseeing the safety and standards of the design, construction and management of higher-risk buildings.

The drive will see the recruitment of 110 Building Inspectors and 111 new Fire Protection Officers across England.

New recruits will receive high-quality training over a three-year programme which aims to direct skills and resources to areas with a greater distribution of high-rise buildings.

Minister for Building Safety, Lee Rowley said: “The Government is delivering important reforms under the Building Safety Act, including introducing the new Building Safety Regulator to oversee building safety and performance.”