Combustible cladding survey highlights ongoing issues in multi-occupancy buildings

THE HOUSING, Communities and Local Government Committee in Parliament has published the findings of a survey into the progress of remediation work designed to improve fire safety in residential buildings. The survey highlights significant ongoing fire safety issues in multi-occupancy buildings across the country, leaving residents facing bills of […] Click here to view original…

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Why the Jenrick saga has dented faith in the planning system

Public support for housing development is dependent on the perception of fairness and impartiality To get to the essence of what’s wrong with Robert Jenrick’s handling of the 1,500-home Westferry Printworks scheme, you have to first ignore accusations by Labour MPs – scenting blood – that developer Richard Desmond […] Click here to view original…

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Fact check: how many people live in buildings with dangerous cladding?

A widely cited figure of 56,000 underestimates how many people live in dangerous buildings. What is the real figure, asks Peter Apps Picture: Getty Short answer: There is no way of calculating the overall number of people impacted by the country’s building safety crisis, but it will undoubtedly stretch […] Click here to view original…

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UK could be breaking international law over cladding, says UN

The UN has warned Britain that its failure to strip combustible cladding from high-rise buildings containing tens of thousands homes may be a breach of international law. In a fresh headache for the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, the global body is demanding answers about the UK government’s delayed programme […] Click here to view original…

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Parliamentary report exposes widespread fire-safety failings three years on from Grenfell Tower inferno

Three years on from the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, around 2,000 high-rise residential or publicly owned buildings are still covered with dangerous cladding, says a cross-party parliamentary report. Titled “Cladding: Progress of Remediation,” the report by Parliament’s Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) committee exposes the deadly conditions still […] Click here to view original…

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