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Chairman’s update

FSF Chairman Brian Robinson provided a brief overview of current affairs and FSF activities at the Forum meeting on 9 March. He noted that a great deal of work was underway within the FSF’s workstreams and highlighted key activities.

Noting that responsibility for Fire and Rescue Policy for England was to transfer from the Department for Communities and Local Government to the Home Office from 1 April 2016, he stated that this would have implications in a number of areas, not least the issue of how fire safety will fit into this new structure. Stating that responsibility for Building Regulations would remain with DCLG, he considered the potential impact of this and the Government’s proposals for shared governance for police and fire under Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) on fire safety policy.

He highlighted the work being undertaken by the Built Environment Issues and Affairs Workstream as key, with a review of Approved Document B and its use of English underway. He also stated that a think tank group was being established to consider ideas for what a future regulatory framework could look like.

He urged all FSF members to get involved by joining Workstreams in which they have a particular interest.

For further information on FSF Workstreams