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The leader of Kensington and Chelsea council today said her authority will assist the Grenfell inquiry ‘to expose the lessons’ from the tragedy so all councils may apply them.
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.
The replacement and removal of unsafe cladding by councils will be fully funded by the Government, at an estimated cost of £400m.
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.
A set of principles to guide the forthcoming consultations on the future of the Grenfell Tower site have been agreed between the council, the community and the Government.
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.
The Government’s guidance on fire safety after the Grenfell Tower fire has been ‘mediocre,’ ‘contradictory,’ ‘disjointed’ or non-existent, councils have said in response to a Labour survey.