DLUHC unveils £42m package as it gears up for Building Safety Regulator launch

The government has pledged £42m to recruit and train building control and fire inspectors as regulatory bodies gear up for the Building Safety Act’s provisions coming into effect.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced £16.5m of grant to Local Authority Building Control (LABC) to employ 110 building inspectors.

It also announced £26m to support fire and rescue services in England and the National Fire Chiefs Council, including the recruitment of 111 fire protection officers.


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The moves comes in the wake of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire

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Building control inspectors, fire inspectors and fire engineers are termed “local partner regulators” by DLUHC and will play a role in supporting the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR), which launches on 1 April.

The BSR will have powers and responsibilities to oversee the safety and standards of the design, construction and management of higher-risk buildings.