FBU raises concern over Fire Safety Bill
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has expressed concern that the new Fire Safety Bill, which includes an estimated £700,000 a year to fund the inspection of over 2 million flats, can only fund 12 extra full-time qualified fire safety inspectors.
The government’s higher estimate of £2.1m would pay for just 35 extra inspectors – less than one per fire brigade in England, the FBU added.
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, said to Inside Housing: “The bill in its current form is a gross underestimate of the realities of the crisis. Without funding a significant increase in fire inspector numbers, this change in the law will not ramp up enforcement on rogue landlords.”