National regulator for safety of construction material

The government has announced a new national regulator for construction products to ensure houses are built from safe materials. This has come in response to the ongoing Grenfell Tower inquiry which highlighted safety rules had been ignored by manufacturers. This new regulator will be able to complete tests on products of concern and will also have powers to remove products from the market if they are deemed to pose a significant safety risk. Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Dame Judith Hackitt, said: "This is another really important step in delivering the new regulatory system for building safety. The evidence of poor practice and lack of enforcement in the past has been laid bare. As the industry itself starts to address its shortcomings I see a real opportunity to make great progress in conjunction with the national regulator". Read the government announcement here.