Build­ing re­forms

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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.

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