William Eichler 02 April 2024

2,000 social housing blocks affected by ‘life-critical’ problems

2,000 social housing blocks affected by ‘life-critical’ problems image
Image: Alex Danila / Shutterstock.com.

Almost 2,000 social housing blocks in England have ‘life-critical’ problems with their external cladding, according to official data.

Government figures show that 1,911 social housing blocks above 11 metres in height had been assessed as having ‘life-critical fire safety defects’ linked to their external cladding, according to the Guardian.

Nearly 1,500 social housing providers submitted fire safety assessments of 16,776 buildings above 11 metres to the regulator of social housing. This means that more than one in 10 of all blocks assessed so far were found to have defects.

Giles Grover, from the End our Cladding Scandal campaign, told the newspaper the figures were ‘shocking’ and spelled out just how widespread the building safety crisis is.

A Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities spokesperson said: ‘We are making sure that buildings with unsafe cladding in England are made safe through investing billions of pounds in safety schemes, as well as self-remediation by developers and registered providers of social housing.’

If this story was of interest, then check out, Balancing safety and innovation after Grenfell.

LocalGov Elections: Vote reformation image

LocalGov Elections: Vote reformation

Jonathan Werran, chief exec, Localis draws inspiration from a popular podcast on the Reformation to ponder the question of just how local are our politics.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Careers Project Support Officer

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£32,955 - £39,933

Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Work Experience Project Lead

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£43,434 - £52,632

Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Family Worker (Link Role)

Essex County Council
£30931 - £35362 per annum + + 26 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Family Worker (Link Role)Permanent, Full Time£30,931 to £35,362 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Travel Trainer

Essex County Council
£22361 - £23821 per annum
Travel TrainerPermanent, Full TimeUp to £23,821 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Alternative Provision and Section 19

North Yorkshire Council
£73,755
This position offers a unique leadership role that will allow you to continue to develop and transform services Northallerton, North Yorkshire/ Hybrid
Recuriter: North Yorkshire Council
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.