Interim Residents Panel

The Building Safety Bill is making its way through Parliament. As it passes, we will get a clearer idea of what it might mean to the building safety reforms. We will share information as we learn more.

As part of the planned building safety reforms, HSE will be the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) in England. Under the Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, BSR must set up a Residents' Panel. This will give residents an ongoing voice to help shape the work of BSR in England.

Meanwhile, we're setting up an Interim Residents' Panel that will help us

The interim panel will be a small group of about 15 people. It will be made up of a mix of residents and representatives from organisations. We will make sure that members represent people with different experiences.

What we need you to do

Members of the interim panel will need to work quickly to provide advice on a lot of important and complex projects. This will include:

Members of the panel will not be asked to:

Who we're looking for

Panel members will need to:

We may invite the panel to take part in wider working groups across government.

Some training and guidance will be provided to help panel members do this work, however the demands of this work and the rapid pace of activity coupled with its complex nature may mean you feel this is not the right volunteering opportunity for you.

If not, you may be more interested in joining our Residents Research Group. It will be a bigger group of residents designed for responsive information gathering on specific topics eg. through short questionnaires. The larger membership is intended to provide a more inclusive and representative mix of residents.

If you subscribe to the BSR newsletter, we'll let you know when we're ready to invite people to join that group.

Roles in the Interim Residents' Panel

Resident members

To be a resident member, we need you to:

We would also welcome residents who have experience of seeking views or representing views of their fellow residents.

Members from organisations

We need representatives from organisations that represent residents and non-resident leaseholder owners. Representatives from these organisations must have the following skills and experience:

Chair

The Chair will be an HSE representative. They will:

Join the interim panel

To tell us you're interested in joining the Interim Residents' Panel, you need to apply by 5pm on Monday 1 November.

What you need to do

For individuals

Tell us:

For organisations

Tell us:

Apply online

Apply by email

If you cannot use our online form, you can apply by email.

Email [email protected] with the following information:

We'll send you an application form to complete and return to us.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We look forward to receiving your application

What happens next

We will read the applications.  We will consider who meets the criteria for the roles We also need to make sure that members have a good balance of expertise and experience.

We will inform you of the outcome as soon as we can after the closing date. We are currently planning the first meeting of the panel for 16 December 2021.

If you're not successful, we may ask if you want to be part of our Residents' Research Group. If you opt-in, we'll email you when we start inviting people to join the group.  You can also subscribe to the BSR newsletter. When we're ready to invite people to join the research group, we'll include details in the newsletter.

What else you need to know

You'll be free to leave the panel at any time. But we may also ask you to leave if you cannot fully take part or cannot give us the time commitment we need.

We'll ask members to agree to a code of conduct. We'll expect you to follow this as a condition of being a member.

We'll pay reasonable travel expenses for attending meetings, working groups and other panel business. We'll give you full details in our travel policy.

We expect to hold most of the meetings online. In some circumstances, we may be able to lend you the equipment you need to attend these meetings.

You will need to declare any conflict of interest you or your organisation may have. This may be financial or other personal interest that may, or may be perceived to, influence your performance on the IRP.

As a member of the panel, you will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Openness and confidentiality

Where possible the documents about meetings will be open. But you may have access to confidential information during your work with the panel. We will make it clear which information is confidential. You must not share confidential information with anyone outside the panel.

Proposed work

We are doing a lot of work to set up the permanent Residents' Panel and BSR. This will make sure the safety of residents is at the heart of the new framework. Work of the panel may include:

The Building Safety Regulator

The new regulatory framework

Residents' duties and responsibilities

Communication activities

Related content

Visit GOV.UK for information supporting the Building Safety Bill:

Updated 2021-10-19