MPs seek advice to improve the safety of high-rise buildings following post-Grenfell report

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The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will ask construction industry experts for  advice on the changes that should be made to building regulations to improve the safety of high-rise buildings

The hearing follows a government-commissioned, post-Grenfell report by Dame Judith Hackitt, which failed to recommend a ban on combustible cladding on high-rise buildings.

The review prompted the committee to write to Housing Secretary James Brokenshire, calling for an immediate ban on the use of combustible cladding in high-rise buildings.

Figures suggest that over 300 other high-rise buildings in the UK, are thought to be covered in combustible cladding.

It has been reported that Many MPs and survivors reacted to the report with anger.

Tottenham MP David Lammy, told twitter that the review was “a betrayal and a whitewash” and that “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.”

James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, has suggested that the government are considering to go beyond what the report recommends.

On reflection of the report, Committee chair Clive Betts said that there needs to be a culture change throughout the building industry and that the government needs to action quick safety measures for tower blocks, while considering a long-term approach for the industry moving forward.

Mr Betts hopes that by providing evidence before the summer recess, this will encourage the government to seriously consider the ban on cladding throughout their next series of consultations, said to run until late July.

The committee hopes to speak to fire safety experts, the construction industry, and government officials.

The committee has said that it will implement any suggestions that will quickly improve safety for residents living in similar buildings.

During last week’s Prime Ministers Question Time, Theresa May said the government will look to spend £400m to remove flammable insulation and cladding panels from high-rise buildings used for social housing throughout England and Wales.

 

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