BECGconversation episode 5: Building safety with Clive Betts MP and the British Property Federation

The issue of building safety has never been higher profile than it is today.

On the day the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee released its pre-legislative scrutiny report on the draft Building Safety Bill, we welcomed Clive Betts MP, Chair of HCLG Committee, and Ian Fletcher, Director of Real Estate Policy at the British Property Federation, to a webinar to discuss the Bill and what lies ahead for UK building regulation.

The podcast discussed fascinating topics such as:

  • The recommendations in the Committee’s report
  • The implications for developers, landlords and funders
  • Who should bear the cost for remediating historic building safety problems
  • How the needs of residents and communities will be reflected
  • And the challenges of changing the safety culture of the construction sector

BECGconversation is a podcast series covering a diverse range of topics across property, infrastructure, energy & utilities, transport, waste and recycling, environment, and healthcare and are available to download at any time.

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Clive Betts MP

Clive Betts is the MP for Sheffield South East after first being elected in 1992. Mr Betts is Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee and has been a member of the Committee since July 2017. As Chair of the Select Committee, Mr Betts has been conducting the pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Building Safety Bill after its publication in July of this year.


Ian Fletcher

Ian is Director of Real Estate Policy at the British Property Federation. He was a member of the Government’s Montague Review and is a long-term champion of the Build-to-Rent sector. He helped Government review the case for protecting client money and chaired the regulation of student accommodation. He currently sits on the Affordable Housing Commission. Ian is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Residential Property Management and Fellow of the RSA.

Ian was formerly Head of Policy and Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce. He has also worked in banking and teaching, and holds professional qualifications in finance and market research.