Government ‘still not doing enough’ about flammable cladding

ACM cladding was linked to the spread of the blaze

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The government is “still not doing enough” to eliminate flammable cladding from buildings, according to a report looking into the Grenfell Tower blaze.

The report published by the Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee said the government's £200m fund to remove the combustible aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding from private sector residential buildings was not enough.

Committee chairman Clive Betts, said: “The government cannot morally justify funding the replacement of one form of dangerous cladding, not others.”

The Labour MP further called for the government to “immediately extend its fund” to cover “any form of combustible cladding", not just ACM - which was linked to the spread of the Grenfell fire.

Shadow housing secretary John Healey said the report was an "official warning" to the Conservative Party that they had not done enough to prevent another tragedy.

He added that a “hard deadline” must be set by which to replace all dangerous cladding, and tougher sanctions placed on block owners who do not comply.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing said it has committed up to £600m to the removal and replacement of ACM in social and private buildings but ultimately the building owners are responsible for carrying out the work quickly.

He added that the Ministry had committed more than £100m to supporting the bereaved, survivors and their families, after the report claimed those caught up in the tragedy had not been given sufficient health screening to assess the potential long term effects of the blaze, such as the inhalation of harmful chemicals.

The government now has two months to respond to the report.

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