Eleven high-rise buildings fitted with
combustible cladding have failed fire safety checks the
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed.
The eleven effected buildings are situated in eight local authority areas. The news follows Prime Minister, Theresa May’s announcement that tests are being undertaken on around 600 high rises across England to check if the cladding is safe.
Mrs May told Parliament that local authorities and fire services
were “taking all possible steps” to ensure the towers are safe
as 100 high-rise buildings are being tested a day.
She said: “The House should of course be careful in speculating
on what caused this fire but as a precaution the government has
arranged to test cladding in all relevant tower blocks.
“Shortly before I came to this chamber I was informed that a
number of these tests have come back as combustible. The
relevant local authorities and fire authorities have been
informed and as I speak they are taking all possible steps to
ensure the buildings are safe and to inform affected residents.
“Landlords have a legal obligation to provide safe buildings. And if they cannot do that, we expect alternative accommodation to be provided. We cannot and will not expect people to live in unsafe homes.”
June 29, 2017