Landlords and residents are being brought together to address building safety in social housing.

The Social Sector Engagement Best Practice Group will see eight social landlords trial innovative methods of communicating building safety matters to their respective residents.

Members of the Social Sector (Building Safety) Engagement Best Practice Group include: the Chelmer Housing Partnership; Sheffield City Council; Tim Birchall, Fire Safety Technical Officer for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service; and Paul Everall, Chief Executive of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC).

The Group will debate new ways to engage social housing residents on fire and building safety issues, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced, with the aim of giving social residents a stronger voice on such issues.

To help share best practice and challenge existing approaches towards ensuring resident safety, a resident from each social landlord will also be appointed to the Group.

Members will decide on, and implement, short-term pilots to be trialled over a six-month period on a wide range of approaches to keeping residents informed on the safety of their buildings.

Following the trial period, the Group will present its findings to the MHCLG, which will, it says, use them to inform and develop future policy.

The creation of the Social Sector Engagement Best Practice Group is a response to the Hackitt Review of building regulations, published in May 2018, which called for the Government to test ways to engage effectively with residents and give them a much stronger voice in improving building safety.

For further information about the Group, see http://bit.ly/2HBuwi3.

Last reviewed 2 April 2019