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June 7, 2010

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Government department in fire safety-breach embarrassment

The government department in charge of fire safety policy in England and Wales has been served with an enforcement notice in relation to multiple fire-safety failings.

As exclusively revealed on our sister website today, the London HQ of Communities and Local Government (CLG) received the notice on 16 February this year from the Crown Premises Inspection Group. Criticising the fire-safety arrangements in Eland House in Victoria, an inspector for the group states in the notice: “The concepts of ‘responsible’ and ‘competent persons’, and the duties placed upon those persons under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, appear not be understood within CLG premises.”

In all, the notice – which was originally served on the then CLG secretary, John Denham – alleges breaches of 13 of the 15 articles in the RRO that impose duties on the CLG as the responsible person. It also laments the “lack of national policy, guidance and ownership of the fire-safety management across the CLG estate”.

The notice relates to a fire-safety audit that was carried out in November 2009 and came to light following a Freedom of Information Act request. Responding to the revelation, a CLG spokesman told “The Department has accepted [the CPIG’s] recommendations, which are now in the process of being fully implemented.”

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14 years ago

Unfortunatelly, the well known saying… “Do as I say, not as I do”… immediately spriings to mind and in my experience not for the first time (!)..