Grenfell Tower

Grenfell taskforce to ‘stand down’

27/03/2020

The Government has announced that the taskforce set up to help the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea respond to the Grenfell tragedy is to stand down at the end of the month.

Budget 2020: £1bn Building Safety Fund to remove unsafe cladding

11/03/2020

A new £1bn fund to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings has been unveiled today by the chancellor.

High-rise residents warn worries over fire safety causing mental distress

24/02/2020

A survey of residents living in high-rise buildings in Manchester has found fire safety risks are damaging their mental health and wellbeing.

Councils slam Grenfell's witnesses' immunity request

07/02/2020

Councils would be unlikely to use products from any company that fails to cooperate fully with the Grenfell Tower inquiry, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Sector presses for further action on cladding

21/01/2020

Building safety reforms billed as the ‘biggest change for a generation’ do not go far enough to clamp down on potentially dangerous cladding, councils argued this week.

Manchester becomes 'early adopter' of Hackitt Review

20/01/2020

Manchester City Council has joined three other councils to become an ‘early adopter’ of the recommendations made in the Hackitt Review.

Welsh government bans combustible cladding

23/12/2019

Welsh government has banned the use of combustible cladding on high rise buildings following the Hackitt review into fire safety after the Grenfell tragedy.

Grenfell inquiry: Better communication between councils and fire services needed

30/10/2019

‘Far better direct communication’ between local authorities and fire and rescue services is needed, an official inquiry has urged.

Queen's Speech 19: Whitehall to ‘implement’ new building safety standards

14/10/2019

The Government plans to ‘implement new building safety standards’ in order to prevent a repeat of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, according to the Queen’s speech.

The safety of social housing

26/09/2019

Neil Merrick explores how councils are improving the safety of social housing two years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Council announces £57m funding for estate next to Grenfell

25/07/2019

Kensington and Chelsea Council are to invest £57m transforming an estate next to Grenfell Tower.

Whitehall ‘too slow’ in reforming fire safety rules after Grenfell

18/07/2019

The Government has been ‘far too slow’ in reforming the building and fire safety regime in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, MPs have said.

Grenfell Tower: Hundreds of high-rise buildings still have 'unsafe' cladding

14/06/2019

There are still 'huge challenges ahead' two years after the Grenfell Tower fire, according to the leader of the council where the disaster took place.

Social housing tenants ‘failed’ by poor regulation

10/06/2019

Social housing tenants are being forced to report the same problem with their home multiple times, a housing charity has warned today.

Firefighters blast Government for ‘complacency’ after the Grenfell fire

21/05/2019

The Government has done nothing to ‘adequately prepare’ fire and rescue services for another Grenfell-type fire, a firefighter union has warned.

Councils urge Government to fund sprinkler installations

27/03/2019

Local authorities have called on the Government to fund the installation of sprinklers in high-rise buildings two years after the Grenfell tragedy.

Grenfell residents had human rights breached, watchdog warns

13/03/2019

The residents of Grenfell Tower had their human rights breached by the council and public services before the fire started, a watchdog has warned.

Councils calls for tougher regulations around sprinklers in high-rise buildings

12/03/2019

Local government leaders are calling for tougher rules governing the installation of sprinklers in high-rise buildings following last year's Grenfell tragedy.

Manchester residents will not have to pay to remove Grenfell-style cladding

04/03/2019

Apartment owners in Manchester will not be required to pay for replacing the dangerous cladding on their buildings, it has been confirmed.

Grenfell cladding over 50 times more flammable than safer alternative

18/01/2019

The cladding used on Grenfell Tower was 55 times more flammable than the least combustible materials available, according to a new study.

Councils given power to remove unsafe cladding from private buildings

30/11/2018

Local authorities have been given the power to strip unsafe cladding from private residential buildings over 18 metres tall.

The long journey towards rebuilding trust at Kensington and Chelsea RLBC

13/11/2018

The Grenfell tragedy and its aftermath were devastating, says Elizabeth Campbell - and she pledges to listen more closely to local people to ensure they 'have a real stake in what is happening on their own doorsteps and in their own lives'.

Twelve councils given funding to remove unsafe cladding

18/10/2018

The Government has released the first £248m of a fund to pay for the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding from high-rise tower blocks.

Council worker charged with Grenfell Tower fraud

30/08/2018

A council worker has been accused of stealing money intended for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Government steps in following Grenfell Tower outcry

01/08/2018

The Government will take on responsibility for the Grenfell Tower site, Marsham Street has announced.

MPs call for sprinklers to be fitted to all high-rise residential buildings

18/07/2018

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.

Removal of combustible cladding has left some buildings at ‘serious fire risk’

28/06/2018

The removal of combustible cladding from tower blocks could be making buildings more dangerous, experts have warned MPs.

Councils double number of fire safety tenders in wake of Grenfell

19/06/2018

The number of councils tendering for fire safety work has shot up in the year since the Grenfell disaster, according to the latest figures.

What the fire taught us

14/06/2018

After Grenfell, changes to governance and consultation were the recommendations of a study for Kensington & Chelsea RLBC by the Centre for Public Scrutiny, and the Democratic Society. Jacqui McKinlay explains.

Council efforts to rehouse Grenfell survivors ‘fallen way short’, report says

12/06/2018

Kensington and Chelsea council’s performance in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy has ‘fallen way short’, according to a new report into the rehousing of those who survived the fire.

Council response to Grenfell tragedy was 'weak' - report

30/05/2018

Damage caused by Kensington and Chelsea RLBC's ‘weak’ response in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire will be ‘difficult to repair,’ a report has suggested.

Council promise to assist Grenfell inquiry ‘expose the lesson’ of the fire

21/05/2018

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.

Councils disappointed Hackitt review fails to ban combustible cladding

17/05/2018

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.

Government commits £400m to remove dangerous cladding

17/05/2018

The replacement and removal of unsafe cladding by councils will be fully funded by the Government, at an estimated cost of £400m.

Fire safety tests still ‘utterly’ inadequate post-Grenfell, study reveals

25/04/2018

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.

Whitehall to consult on banning fire performance ‘desktop studies’

12/04/2018

The Government yesterday launched a consultation into the use of ‘desktop studies’ to assess the fire performance of external cladding systems.

Time for action

02/03/2018

Adrian Pargeter explores the long-term steps local authorities should take to ensure tenants are no longer living in unsafe buildings.

Principles agreed for deciding future of Grenfell Tower site

01/03/2018

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.

Councils to share £1m to identify unsafe cladding on private bildings

01/03/2018

Local authorities are to share £1m to help then identify private high-rise buildings that may be clad in unsafe building materials.

Unsafe cladding removed from only 4% of affected social housing

28/02/2018

Only seven social housing buildings have fully replaced their unsafe cladding in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, shocking new findings reveal.

Councils deplore Government guidance after Grenfell

21/02/2018

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.

Construction professionals support ban on combustible materials on high-rise buildings

21/02/2018

Almost three-quarters (74%) of construction industry professionals believe that using combustible materials on mid-, high-rise and sensitive buildings should be banned, according to a new survey.

KPMG quits Grenfell inquiry amid accusations of a conflict of interest

08/01/2018

Accountancy firm KPMG has announced it is quitting its advisory role on the Grenfell inquiry after campaigners accuse it of a conflict of interest.

Council warns of ‘unprecedented’ fire safety funding gap

03/01/2018

Croydon Council has called on the Government to provide financial support to authorities struggling to pay for necessary tower block fire safety measures.

Kensington & Chelsea announces ‘far-reaching’ review of Grenfell management

02/01/2018

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council has announced a ‘thorough and far-reaching’ review into the arms-length organisation that managed Grenfell Tower.

Review highlights fire safety failings

18/12/2017

Scores of buildings do not have up-to-date arrangements for fire safety, an independent review has found.

Public sector leadership: what can be learned from Grenfell?

15/12/2017

Grenfell sent shockwaves across the nation and has forced public sector organisations across the country to ask themselves serious questions.

Human rights watchdog launches Grenfell fire inquiry

11/12/2017

The harm suffered by those who survived or witnessed the Grenfell Tower fire may constitute ‘inhumane and degrading treatment’, according to human rights watchdogs.

Petition calls on PM to ensure Grenfell inquiry is ‘representative’

01/12/2017

A petition has called on the Prime Minister to ensure the Grenfell inquiry is representative so that those affected can have ‘confidence’ in its findings.

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