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The Government should provide funding to enable councils to fit sprinklers in all high-rise residential buildings to avoid another tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire, MPs have argued today.
Belfast City Council has successfully secured a court injunction to get the height of a controversial bonfire reduced.
The Government has pledged to support council efforts to improve private building safety after figures show 297 private sector high-rise residential buildings have unsafe cladding.
The removal of combustible cladding from tower blocks could be making buildings more dangerous, experts have warned MPs.
The number of councils tendering for fire safety work has shot up in the year since the Grenfell disaster, according to the latest figures.
The council have told residents in two Portsmouth tower blocks they will have to move out due to safety concerns.
Local councils will have extra responsibilities for monitoring the safety of higher-risk residential buildings (HRRBs), under sweeping, wholesale reforms to the regulatory landscape proposed by the final Hackitt report, published today.
A fire safety investigation in the wake of last year’s Grenfell tragedy has found the risk to public safety from faulty fire doors ‘remains low’.
The replacement and removal of unsafe cladding by councils will be fully funded by the Government, at an estimated cost of £400m.
MPs have called on the Government to ban the use of desktop studies in the safety assessment of materials used in the cladding of high-rise buildings.