Laura Sharman 28 June 2018

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

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

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee said it would raise urgent concerns with the Government after hearing that some buildings have been left in an unsafe condition after cladding was removed.

The chief executive of the British Board of Agrément, Claire Curtis-Thomas, had told the committee that she was aware of 30 buildings that did not comply with fire safety regulations after the removal of aluminium composite material panels.

Clive Betts, chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, said: ‘We were extremely shocked to hear today the suggestion that steps being taken to remove dangerous combustible cladding from buildings, far from making tower blocks safer, could be putting residents’ lives at further risk.

‘We do not have full details of these building but will be writing urgently to the Government and the Expert Panel to urge them to identify them and take immediate action to address the problem.’

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