Comment by: Alvin Allison
Focus area: Fire safety regulation
Regulator concerned: Fire safety (Fire Authority)
We are a charity providing care and support to disabled people in their own homes. We are still struggling with the huge variations in enforcement regimes across numerous different fire authorities in England. In particular Supported Living houses (for disabled people): some authorities are viewing these pretty much as domestic private houses, whilst others are insisting on rigorous inspection & enforcement regimes – followed by stringent requirements to carry out works that they insist are required under the RRO. For the second time in a month, in two different houses in two different areas, I’ve been threatened with enforcement action if I don’t carry out works in a house which I don’t own and in which the disabled residents actually have tenancies in their own right.