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Ban on flammable cladding considered after backlash over Grenfell probe

17 May 2018, 05:29 | Erica Roy

Image Dangerous cladding will take two years to replace No 10 said


He was speaking after a government-ordered review of building regulations, published earlier, drew widespread criticism because it did not recommend an outright ban on combustible materials in tall housing blocks.

Engineer Judith Hackitt, who has led a review into building regulations and fire safety, has been under pressure from survivors of the fire and some professional bodies to call for a ban on the type of cladding that was used on Grenfell Tower.

Britain could ban the use of combustible materials on high-rise buildings in response to the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people last June, the housing minister said on Thursday.

It led to high rises in Sunderland being looked at, and work is now underway at the towers on Dame Dorothy Street having their cladding replaced this week.

Hackitt highlighted a number of key issues that had been identified as underpinning the system failure, including ignorance, with those who need to read regulations and guidance not always doing so, or misunderstanding it when they do.

Dame Judith said there was a "systemic problem" and recommended the creation of a new regulator.

Residents to be consulted over decisions affecting the safety of their home.

An "outcomes-based approach" to the regulatory approach to be overseen by a new regulator.

The government will also continue to provide financial flexibilities to councils for other essential fire safety measures and is directing local authorities to take cladding-related issues into account when carrying out reviews of housing conditions in their areas.

She said existing regulations stated that the only type of cladding that could be used on high-rise buildings was of limited combustibility or had to pass a full safety test. The chairman, along with building firms and opposing politicians are demanding an immediate ban on cladding.

"There is insufficient focus on delivering the best quality building possible, in order to ensure that residents are safe, and feel safe".

"The next problem may not be cladding and I have tried to fix the system, irrespective of what the next problem might be, not just the problem with cladding". "It is unthinkable and unacceptable that so many people can die in a disaster like Grenfell and one year on flammable cladding has not been banned", Lammy said. The cladding problem has bedevilled local councils, not least because of a lack of clarity on what should replace it. Industry's inability to assure and demonstrate that all parties, owners, constructors or operators have taken responsibility for their part in the process lies at the heart of the broken business model highlighted by the Grenfell tragedy. "Our sector needs to act quickly, focusing on how we change the way responsibility is divided on projects, working with the government and the supply chain to ensure that we all understand how we can properly fulfil our roles".

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