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Building Safety Bill, Parliamentary Briefings

This resource is part of a collection called Campaign for Healthy Homes.

House of Lords report stage, 29 March 2022

The Grenfell disaster is a tragic example of the human costs of getting regulation wrong. The Building Safety Bill is a unique opportunity to get it right, and secure places and homes that enhance people’s life chances. As it stands, that opportunity will not be realised because the Bill focuses on a narrow definition of safety and only for a minority of buildings.

Lord Crisp has tabled a simple amendment to Clause 3 of the Building Safety Bill which clarifies that building ‘safety’ is not just the absence of immediate physical harm, but also includes the consideration of people’s wider health and wellbeing. You can find it on the first page of the amendment paper. It was debated shortly after 11am on 29 March.

The quality of our homes is a life and death issue. If adopted at Report Stage, this amendment would be the start of a new approach to the creation of places which meet everyone’s need for a decent home in a healthy neighbourhood. This briefing answers seven questions about it, updates our Grand Committee briefing, and supplements our more detailed briefing on the Building Safety Bill below.

House of Lords committee stage, 21 February 2022

House of Lords second reading, 26th January 2022

There is clear evidence that our mental and physical health depends on the quality of our homes and communities. The Building Safety Bill is a once in a generation opportunity to secure healthy places which enhance people’s life chances. So far that opportunity has not been realised because the bill focuses on only a narrow definition of safety and for only a minority of buildings.

This briefing sets out how a simple amendment to the Building Safety Bill could secure a lasting change that would transform people’s health, reduce costs to the health and social care budgets, and simplify housing and planning regulations.