Britain’s building regulations are “not fit for purpose”, according to an interim report on fire safety commissioned after the Grenfell Tower fire. Dame Judith Hackitt said guidance documents are so extensive, that “stacked on top of one another [they] would be about 2ft high”. This made it hard for builders to understand the rules, let alone follow them. She also said that councils contracting out to private firms had encouraged a “mindset of doing things as cheaply as possible and passing on responsibility for problems”. Her full report will be published next year.