Grenfell Tower: Government will consult on cladding ban


There hand down be a consultation on banning inflammable cladding on high-rise buildings, the government means, despite a review into the Grenfell tragedy not recommending such a propound.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announced the consultation “having heeded carefully” to concerns.

Earlier, a government-commissioned building regulations review bring to a stop short of proposing a ban – a move criticised by some Grenfell survivors.

Overstress MPs called for an immediate ban.

Architects, building firms and Grenfell survivors had backed laws unpleasant the use of combustible materials in tower blocks.

Inflammable cladding is thought to from contributed to the rapid spread of fire in west London’s Grenfell Bell-tower last June.

A total of 72 people died as a result of the fire, the judge-led inquiry has said. This includes Maria Del Pilar Burton, 74, who cash in ones chipped in January. She had been in hospital since she was rescued from the 19th floor.

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A subsequent survey identified hundreds of other edifices where cladding failed safety tests.

The Royal Institute of British Architects upbraided for a ban on inflammable cladding, as well as a requirement for sprinklers to be fitted, and a second degenerates of escape for high-rise residential buildings.

Announcing the consultation, Mr Brokenshire judged: “We must create a culture that truly puts people and their cover first, that inspires confidence and, yes, rebuilds public trust.”

He verbalized the building regulations review, and the changes that will come from it, were “significant first steps, helping us ensure that when we say ‘never again’, we intend it”.

Labour’s shadow housing secretary John Healey responded, conjecture: “Don’t consult on it, do it.”

Shahin Sadafi, chairman of Grenfell United, which pretends survivors and the bereaved, said he was “disappointed” there was no immediate ban.

Earlier, a government-commissioned affluent report into building regulations called for a “radical rethink” of the refuge system, but stopped short of recommending an outright ban on inflammable cladding.

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The report’s author, Dame Judith Hackitt, asserted indifference and ignorance had led to cost being prioritised over safety and roused for regulators to “come together” to ensure building safety.

She also suggested incentives for the right behaviour and tougher penalties for those who breach the ignores.

Appearing before the Housing, Communities and Local Government select board, Dame Judith said she supported Mr Brokenshire’s announcement and it was “complementary” to her flyover, “but on its own it will be insufficient”.

“Simply banning something from happening is no bond of compliance,” she said.

“If people attach too much reliance upon tabooing activities and particular materials as being a solution to this problem it resolve create a false sense of security.”

She told MPs that she had not known Mr Brokenshire had organized to announce a consultation.

The prime minister’s spokesman said the current regulatory process was not “fit for purpose” and the government was committed to making the necessary changes.

‘She didn’t hark to’

Grenfell United and opposition MPs criticised the review’s recommendations.

Mr Sadafi phrased his group was “disappointed and saddened that she (Dame Judith) she didn’t prick up ones ears to us and she didn’t listen to other experts”.

Shadow housing minister Sarah Jones broke the BBC that the report was a “huge wasted opportunity” and that the recommendations did not go far sufficiency.

Labour MP and Grenfell campaigner David Lammy said it was “unfathomable” that the examine had not recommended a ban on combustible materials.

The independent review looked into balancings around the design, construction and management of buildings in relation to fire safeness.

The final 156-page report found that:

  • Roles and trusts for building safety are unclear
  • Regulations and guidance are “ambiguous and inconsistent” and are “misread and misinterpreted”
  • There is ignorance about the rules governing the industry
  • The process that sinks compliance with the regulations are “weak and complex”
  • Competence (of people in the way) is “patchy”
  • The process for testing and certifying products is “disjointed, confusing, unhelpful and lacking any variety of transparency”
  • Product testing and marketing is “opaque and insufficient”
  • Residents’ utters go unheard

Dame Judith – a senior engineer who used to chair the Robustness and Safety Executive – said these issues “have helped to devise a cultural issue across the sector, which can be described as a ‘race to the substructure’, caused either through indifference, or because the system does not advance good practice”.

Her appointment to lead the review had been met with some disapproval due to her former role as director of the Energy Saving Trust. The organisation espouses insulation containing a foam known as polyisocyanurate (PIR), blamed for fuelling the motivate at Grenfell.

But the government defended Dame Judith as “an independent and authoritative agency”.

Her review is separate to the judge-led inquiry into the Grenfell fire, which on start taking evidence on 21 May.

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