Do as I say, not as I do


A recent story emerged about the Department for Communities & Local Government being issued with an Enforcement Notice for breaches of Fire Safety Legislation . You might think that having such a silly name was reason enough to take action. The name was probably arrived at by committee. Oh, the irony of having “local Government” in the title when it’s a central Whitehall bureaucracy.

Anyway, one of their many areas of influence is standards setting in Fire & Resilience. The latter implies a tough but somewhat passive stance, the exercise of which should now stand them in good stead. They produce some rather good sector-specific fire safety guides, if you can be bothered to look. It’s not the usual, dull, government stuff either – colour pictures, brazenly pragmatic checklists and templates, shamelessly clear English. So, since they’ve had their collar felt by the law, I’m guessing they may not have read it themselves.