Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PM says there will be a "major national investigation" into fire safety

Test results from the BRE at Bricket Wood continue to show a 100% failure rate as they have now tested samples of cladding from 95 buildings in 32 local authority areas. All the tests so far have involved local authority-owned blocks, rather than private buildings.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a major national investigation.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. who has been put in charge of co-ordinating the response, has urged councils to send in samples urgently. The government recognised that some councils have moved very quickly in terms of sending in their samples and encouraged the others "to do so as soon as possible.”
Samples of cladding are also being sought from schools and hospitals.

Sajid Javid told the House of Commons yesterday that:

“The prime minister said there would need to be a major national investigation into what had gone wrong, when cladding which is failing the tests was fitted on buildings across the country over a number of decades.

“Very clearly, these failures are concerning and this is why the prime minister said to cabinet this morning we need to have this major national investigation.”

The NHS has identified as many as 30 hospital trusts in England that have cladding made of material similar to that used on Grenfell Tower or about which there are other unresolved fire safety concerns.

Nine unnamed hospitals deemed to be at the greatest risk of fire as a result of their cladding, which were identified after all trusts filled in a questionnaire about their buildings, are now receiving support from the regulator NHS Improvement. The hospitals are all understood to be high-rise buildings.

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