Home Office sets out guidance for Responsible Persons

26 May 2022

As we have reported already this month, the Government continues to push ahead with its responses to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations and to spell out the implications of the coming into force of the Fire Safety Act 2021 (see Government makes progress with its plans to improve fire safety).

Government makes progress with its plans to improve fire safety

25 May 2022

We reported recently on Government proposals to shake up fire services in England (see White Paper sets out plans to reform England’s Fire and Rescue Service) and to take forward certain Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations (see Home Office invites comments on revised proposals for Emergency Evacuation Plans).

White Paper sets out plans to reform England’s Fire and Rescue Service

24 May 2022

The Home Office has published a White Paper, Reforming our Fire and Rescue Service: Building Professionalism, Boosting Performance and Strengthening Governance, and launched a consultation seeking views on these proposals to introduce system-wide reform of services in England.

Unusual outbreak sees cases of rare monkeypox infection in UK

23 May 2022

Mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa, and first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970, monkeypox has suddenly appeared in 14 countries with, for the first time, the virus being found in people with no clear connection to the usual countries of origin.

Warning that new legislation will create problems for fire risk assessment

20 May 2022

The commencement of the Fire Safety Act 2021 has brought a strong message from the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) as it warned that fire risk assessors, together with the building owners and safety managers who employ them, face additional challenges in satisfying new legal requirements to meet fire safety competency standards.