Lord Porter, LGA Chairman, responds to the ban on combustible materials being used on high-rise buildings announced today.
“The LGA has led calls for a ban on combustible materials being used on high-rise buildings and it is great to see James Brokenshire act today. This ban will provide clarity for building owners who need to know what they can use to replace dangerous cladding and insulation and immediately help keep buildings safer.
“Local authorities acted swiftly following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower to implement precautionary measures where necessary and remove flammable materials on their high-rise blocks.
“Councils also worked hard to try and confirm with building owners whether they have dangerous cladding on their high-rise residential buildings. Some private landlords have shown a lack of urgency to identify which buildings have cladding and insulation systems that have failed fire safety tests and take steps to make them safe.
“The measures announced today will therefore help councils take the steps necessary to ensure all residents in their local area are safe and feel safe in their homes, regardless of whether they own the block or not, and to ensure that a tragedy like that at Grenfell never happens again.”