Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS)

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NPC EVIDENCE FOR THE CONSULTATION

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans


Introduction

The National Pensioners’ Convention (NPC) is Britain’s biggest independent organisation of older people, representing around one thousand local, regional, and national pensioner groups with a total of 1.5 million members. The NPC is run by and for pensioners and campaigns for improvements to the income, health and welfare of both today’s and tomorrow’s pensioners and this response is based on the views and experiences of our members.


We wish to submit views to the Fire Safety Unit for the consultation for the Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans consultation. Our response has been compiled by our Housing Party as well as our Information Officer and will concentrate on the experiences and concerns of our members who are, by definition, in the older age range.


Our response to your proposals.


Your Foreword


We propose.

We note the recommendations of the report of the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee of 29 April 2021 over unsafe buildings. When they recommended the Government establishes a comprehensive Building Safety Fund to cover the costs of all remediation works and to move away from the current height-based approach irrespective of tenure including the provisions of these funds for social housing providers.


We agree with these recommendations and urge the Government to adopt them. it was not the owners of these properties who were to blame for these unsafe buildings.


It was wrong in the first place for these materials to have been included by the architects and construction companies. It was politicians who together with construction companies who were involved in the watering down of the health and safety and fire regulations that had created the Grenfell fire.


They allowed for the continuation of so many unsafe construction materials to be used, there huge cuts towards the safety inspections carried out by the health and safety executive and by the fire authorities enable a higher risk of fires to happen.


Executive Summary


Reference you comment:

The Act received Royal Assent in May 2021 and will be commenced in the coming months.


We propose.


This statement is too vague, and the Act must allow for an extended period of consultation. The Act should then commence by 31 September 2021. It should be noted it is now over 4 years since the Grenfell tragedy”.


Proposal 1:


We propose require the Responsible Person to prepare a PEEP for every resident in a high-rise residential building who self-identifies to them as unable to self-evacuate (subject to the resident’s voluntary self-identification) and to do so in consultation with them.


Our response:

While we agree on the need for PEEPS. We do not agree this should base on resident’s ability to be able to self-identify whether they can or cannot do so.

This task should be led by the responsible person involving the resident and, when requested a mutually agreed competent safety person. Our Fire and Rescue Services should monitor to ensure that PEEPs are being properly carried out. PEEPS must apply to all residents irrespective of their circumstances.