Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
The landmark Building Safety Bill will give homeowners greater power in holding developers to account, and through our new Building Safety Regulator, we will ensure the highest of safety standards are met for high rise buildings from construction to occupation.
The new building safety regime will be a proportionate one, ensuring those buildings requiring remediation are brought to an acceptable standard of safety swiftly, and reassuring the vast majority of residents and leaseholders in those buildings that their homes are safe.
The reforms will tackle bad practice head on, and the government is more than doubling the amount of time, from six to fifteen years, that residents can seek compensation for sub-standard construction work.
And exceptionally, this will be retrospective, so it applies to millions of current homeowners.