Grenfell Tower: Government review does not urge cladding ban

Grenfell Tower: Government review does not urge cladding ban

The government will consult on banning flammable cladding in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Consultations will be launched into outlawing the material and the desk-top studies used to assess it, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire announced.

Engineer Judith Hackitt, who has led a review into building regulations and fire safety, has been under pressure from survivors of the fire and some professional bodies to call for a ban on the type of cladding that was used on Grenfell Tower.

Campaigners branded it a "whitewash" after it failed to recommend either of the measures.

"Cladding is one issue".

She said: "I would hope that when they see the content of my report and when they read all of the changes that I want to make to this system to make it more robust, that they will recognise that it is about more than simply issuing a ban on certain materials".

Report author Dame Judith Hackitt said indifference and ignorance had led to cost being prioritised over safety.

During the debate, Labour former minister David Lammy paid tribute to family friend Khadija Saye, a 24-year-old artist who died in the fire.

Grenfell United, the Local Government Association and the Equality and Human Rights Commission were among those who described the report as "disappointing".

This is particularly important for Wandsworth, as we have two tower blocks - Sudbury House and Castlemaine - where essential cladding removal works are already well under way. "The cladding needs to be taken down immediately".

"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".

A REVIEW on building regulations after the Grenfell Tower tragedy has called for a "radical rethink" of the safety system, but will not recommend an explicit ban on combustible cladding and insulation, despite demands from Grenfell Tower survivors backed by architects, building firms and fire safety experts.

The report strongly criticised the existing system, which Dame Judith said had resulted in a "prime motivation is to do things as quickly and cheaply as possible".

Executive director Adrian Dobson said: We and our members will have to work within whatever regulatory regime is proposed, if it's adopted by government, and obviously will continue to do so. "A race to the bottom".

- An "outcomes-based approach" to the regulatory approach to be overseen by a new regulator.

- Residents to be consulted over decisions affecting the safety of their home.