Grenfell Tower: Hackitt Review published

Grenfell Tower: Hackitt Review published

Grenfell Tower: Hackitt Review published

Ministers are to take the first steps towards banning combustible building materials after the Grenfell Tower disaster today after a report condemned the indifference of the construction industry towards fire safety.

Grenfell Tower was covered with cladding which consisted of aluminum panels and a combustible plastic core.

Speaking in the House of Commons three hours after the publication of the review, Mr Brokenshire said new laws would be introduced that delivered "meaningful and lasting" change to the building safety system. David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, described the report as a "betrayal and a whitewash".

But her decision not to advise a ban on combustible cladding or insulation for high-rise buildings drew immediate condemnation from a wide range of critics including the opposition Labour Party.

Following the fire, cladding on hundreds of buildings failed safety tests. The prime minister said on Wednesday the government would spend £400m to help councils and registered social landlords strip it off, suggesting ministers consider it unacceptable.

Residents and campaign groups had called for a ban on combustible materials being used in construction.

He added: "Having listened carefully to concerns, the Government will consult on banning the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings".

Shahin Sadafi, chair of Grenfell United, whose family lived at Grenfell, said: "Worrying that a fire like Grenfell could happen again is something that keeps many of us awake at night".

Dame Judith's appointment to lead the review had been met with some criticism due to her former role as director of the Energy Saving Trust.

She said: 'As we approach the anniversary of the appalling tragedy that was the Grenfell Tower fire our thoughts are with the victims and survivors and all those affected by that tragedy'.

The report says a new Joint Competent Authority (JCA) made up of Local Authority Building Standards, fire and rescue authorities and the Health and Safety Executive will oversee better management of safety risks in these buildings (through safety cases) across their entire life cycle.

"The next problem may not be cladding and I have tried to fix the system, irrespective of what the next problem might be, not just the problem with cladding".

At Grenfell Tower, which was owned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the building regulations were checked by RBKC's own building officers while works were already under way.

She also did not recommend a ban on so-called "desktop studies", assessments that can be used to approve cladding without physical fire safety tests taking place.

"People must always feel safe in their own home".

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