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Government issues fire safety advice on small and medium-rise buildings

Inside Housing is reporting that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has stated that where small and medium-rise buildings have already received fire safety checks, they should be reviewed to see if remediation work is needed.  MHCLG said that its expert group has “strongly recommended” External Wall System 1 (EWS1) forms for blocks under 18 metres, that say remediation work is needed, should now be looked at again by a competent professional and changed if it is felt the initial judgement was not “proportionate or cost-effective”.

MHCLG’s advice comes in response to comments from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), who said that where an existing EWS1 form states that remediation work is needed, the work would probably still need to be done before banks will lend money on the properties.