Court grants Claddag permission to apply for judicial review

Good news! Last week, the High Court gave us permission to apply for judicial review. This means that the judge considered that we have an arguable case and she considered that it should be brought before the court swiftly. We hope that the hearing will take take place before the end of the year. TheContinue reading “Court grants Claddag permission to apply for judicial review”

Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing consultation: a handy summary

The Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing consultation closes on 21 August 2022*. It’s important that disabled, Deaf and older residents have their voices heard. You can respond to the consultation via the Home Office survey or just email your views to FireSafetyUnitconsultations@homeoffice.gov.uk.  We understand the documents are long, complicated and potentially upsetting to read, so we’veContinue reading Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing consultation: a handy summary

Inappropriateness of using Waking Watch for evacuation plans

We have heard several reports of waking watch (fire wardens) being put in place or retained for the supposed benefit of specific disabled residents’ or to guard against perceived leaseholder liability. This is troubling on many counts. The Government’s third, and most recent, consultation on disabled people and fire safety emphasises a degree of unreasonablenessContinue reading “Inappropriateness of using Waking Watch for evacuation plans”

Home Office workshops: Evacuation plans for disabled people and ‘information sharing’

The Government is hosting workshops as part of its Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing consultation. The consultation proposes scrapping the concept of mandatory evacuation plans for disabled people in blocks of flats, rejecting a key recommendation of the Grenfell Tower inquiry. The workshops are an opportunity for Home Office officials to explain the proposals and forContinue reading “Home Office workshops: Evacuation plans for disabled people and ‘information sharing’”

Government reappoints the same company to write the ‘Means of Escape for Disabled People’ guidance: A statement from Claddag

Claddag are shocked and outraged to learn that the Home Office has commissioned C S Todd & Associates to re-write the Means of Escape for Disabled People, and the other suite of fire safety guidance documents. C S Todd & Associates authored the guidance document Fire Safety in Purpose-Built Flats, published by the Local GovernmentContinue reading “Government reappoints the same company to write the ‘Means of Escape for Disabled People’ guidance: A statement from Claddag”

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Disability and Fire Safety

The APPG on Disability is jointly hosting a meeting on 12 July 2021 at 2pm to highlight the importance of the Government’s consultation on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans for disabled residents unable to self-evacuate from buildings.  The meeting will cover the Government’s key proposals and have input from disabled residents as to how the proposals need toContinue reading “All-Party Parliamentary Group on Disability and Fire Safety”