Published: 16th Sep 2020

An influential group of MPs has urged the government to ‘put a stop to arguing over who’s responsible’ and make thousands of tower blocks with Grenfell-style cladding safe. In a report published today, the public accounts committee says only a third (155 out of 455) of high-rise buildings with Grenfell-style flammable cladding due to be fixed by now have had their cladding replaced with a safe alternative. In July 2019, then-housing secretary James Brokenshire set a deadline of June 2020 for all tower blocks covered in the cladding to have it removed and replaced. The government has now said that all building owners have works on site for the removal of unsafe ACM cladding by the end of 2020, with completion of remedial works by the end of 2021 The committee said it is “imperative” that the new deadline, for works on the remaining high-rise blocks to be completed by the end of 2021, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)