G15 responds to Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing consultation
The G15 has responded to the Home Office consultation on proposals for a new Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing (EEIS) approach.
The safety and wellbeing of all the people we provide homes to is the number one priority of all G15 members.
We welcome the government’s consultation, which follows the previous consultation on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) in July 2021. In our response to the PEEPs consultation, we called for:
- A proportionate approach that assesses risk and focuses on steps to mitigate the likelihood of a fire by using Person-Centred Risk Assessments.
- Consideration of the impact of these proposals on the accessibility of certain homes.
- Clear and reasonable guidance to be issued to support resident safety.
We welcome the government’s revised proposals in response to this earlier consultation and believe the EEIS system outlined is a more proportionate approach that improves resident safety, and supports effective information sharing between residents, providers, and the fire service.
In our response to the consultation, we focus on the following key issues that we feel the government should act upon in developing its final proposals:
- Clarity and consistency of definitions of higher risk buildings that are aligned with other regulation and guidance
- Proportionality in the approach is essential, and must be supported through a person-centred fire risk assessment approach
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