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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.
Rugby council are considering providing some tenants with new homes due to concerns their tower block may be unsafe in the event of a ‘fire or explosion.’
New research carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire has exposed the ‘utter inadequacy’ of the tests currently used to check the fire safety of building materials.
The Government yesterday launched a consultation into the use of ‘desktop studies’ to assess the fire performance of external cladding systems.
Adrian Pargeter explores the long-term steps local authorities should take to ensure tenants are no longer living in unsafe buildings.
Local authorities are to share £1m to help then identify private high-rise buildings that may be clad in unsafe building materials.
Only seven social housing buildings have fully replaced their unsafe cladding in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, shocking new findings reveal.