Emergency checks on hundreds of high-rise buildings, following the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower.
The kind of cladding that can catch fire has been found on at least eleven other tower blocks, as the Prime Minister promises every step is being taken to ensure safety.
“Our focus is on supporting the victims, finding homes for those made homeless, and making sure this country’s housing stock is as safe as possible”, said PM Theresa May.
In North London, Camden Council is removing panels from five of its blocks, as Labour says it’s time for a new approach.
“From Hillsborough to the child sex abuse scandal, to Grenfell Tower, Working-class people’s voices are ignored, their concerns have been deemed by those on power.
The Prime Minister says every possible step is being taken to ensure all the buildings are safe.
Local authorities throughout the United Kingdom have been invited to send samples of cladding for urgent testing. The government estimates that around 600 buildings in England are covered with this building materials.
So far it’s been disclosed that 11 residential blocks in eight local authority, areas have been fitted with the kind of cladding.
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said the Grenfell Tower disaster, which claimed the lives of at least 79 people, demanded a step change in the country’s attitude to social housing.
The consequences of the Grenfell Tower tragedy we have witnessed in recent days. Hundreds of samples of cladding, similar to that used in North Kensington, are being tested, from tower blocks Cladding on 11 blocks in eight areas in England have come back.
As combustible so far, including here, on the Chalcot estate in Camden, just a few miles from the Grenfell tragedy.
These tower blocks are different to Grenfell, in that they have noncombustible mineral fibre insulation behind the cladding. Nevertheless, as of now, fire wardens will patrol 24 hours a day.
The council claiming they were misled about the fire safety and the cladding material.
It’s illegal in some countries to use combustible cladding.