Independent housing regulator

I am grateful for the emails I have received calling for a new housing regulator, following the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower.

This was clearly one of the worst tragedies this nation has experienced in many years and the Government is determined to ensure that those affected continue to receive the support they both need and deserve, and that swift action is taken to improve housing safety.

Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, Dame Judith Hackitt conducted an extensive and comprehensive review of building regulations and fire safety, and the Government responded by taking forward all of the review's recommendations to create a stronger and more effective regulatory framework to improve building safety. The Government has committed to creating a Joint Regulators Group, which brings together Local Authority Building Control, the National Fire Chiefs Council, the Health and Safety Executive and the Local Government Association. The Joint Group will develop and pilot new approaches to regulation to deliver a stronger and better regime that benefits everyone, and drive culture change among regulators, the construction sector and building owners.

A call for evidence on social housing regulation has also been held, which I welcome.  This includes strengthening consumer regulation to ensure social housing tenants have access to high-quality housing and robust protections. In response to this call for evidence, the Government will consider the merits of a new, separate housing regulator.

We must rebuild public trust in the system and I am confident that the new regulatory regime put in place will ensure that a tragedy like the Grenfell fire never happens again.