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UK NewsCouncils Should Seize Private Housing Blocks If Grenfell Cladding Isn't Removed, Labour Urges

08:00  10 june  2019
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Nine tower blocks in Salford were found to be using similar cladding to that on Grenfell Tower. No publicly-owned high rise blocks in Scotland use the aluminium composite cladding implicated in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Javid says cladding on 75 tower blocks from 25 council areas has now failed fire safety tests for cladding . He says the government is now encouraging private landlords to get their cladding tested. (The current programme only covers social housing .)

Councils Should Seize Private Housing Blocks If Grenfell Cladding Isn't Removed, Labour Urges © PA Wire/PA Images Owners of high-rise housing blocks covered in Grenfell-style cladding should face having their buildings seized by the council if they fail to replace it by the end of the year, Labour has urged.

According to the party, more than 90% of private blocks found to have the same cladding as Grenfell Tower – 164 out of 175 – have still not had it replaced two years on from the fire in north west London that claimed 72 lives.

It is thought that the cladding was a key contributor to the speed with which the fire tore through the building.

With almost half of these private sector housing blocks without even a plan to fix their flammable cladding, it could take 30 years for all of the buildings to have their cladding fully replaced, Labour said.

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Housing secretary gives authorities power to remove panels and bill landlords.

“ Councils and housing associations must remove dangerous cladding quickly Labour backed the decision but said it should have been made sooner. John Healey, the shadow Almost a year on from the Grenfell Tower fire, over 300 other tower blocks have dangerous, Grenfell -type cladding , but

“Many private tower block owners have shown zero sign of replacing their Grenfell-style cladding, and government ministers are letting them drag their feet,” shadow housing secretary John Healey said.

“Enough is enough. Private block owners should be made to replace this dangerous cladding, or face councils taking over ownership of these buildings to get this vital safety work done.”

Councils Should Seize Private Housing Blocks If Grenfell Cladding Isn't Removed, Labour Urges © PA Labour is also calling on the government to “name and shame” block owners with dangerous cladding and make funding available for councils who take over blocks with dangerous cladding.

A government spokesperson said there was “nothing more important than making sure people are safe in their homes”.

“That is why we have committed to fully funding the replacement of unsafe ACM cladding on high-rise private residential buildings so residents can feel confident they are secure in their homes,” they said.

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Cladding is removed from a tower block in Sheffield. Theresa May has called on councils and housing associations to accelerate fire safety He said: “It is highly likely that this means removing the cladding from hundreds of buildings we were assured were safe … Putting this right will require a

Councils claim the government is not releasing funds to increase fire safety in many other tower blocks after the Grenfell fire although they promised lack of On 9 May 2019, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announced the £200m cost of replacing cladding on private tower blocks would be paid

“We have been clear that there are no more excuses and we expect these buildings to be remediated as quickly as possible. We are backing local authorities to take enforcement action where building owners are refusing to act.”

The call from Labour comes on the same day Shelter, alongside Grenfell United, urged the government to appoint a new consumer regulator to protect tenants and inspect social landlords.

Gallery: Inside flat 16 at the Grenfell Tower (Reuters)

The housing charity found that half of people renting from a local authority or housing association in England – the equivalent of five million people – have had a problem with the building in the past three years – including electrical hazards and gas leaks.

According to the study, among those with a problem, one in 10 had to report it more than 10 times.

Half the more than 1,000 people surveyed said they had less trust in the government to keep social tenants safe in their homes since the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Trendy cladding panels were used to spruce up appearance and improve insulation on Grenfell Tower, but experts say they are a 'silent killer'. CLADDING on tower blocks was ripped down across the UK following the Grenfell Tower fire because of fears it could contribute towards another deadly blaze.

The Grenfell block in West London was covered with ACM cassette rainscreen cladding . AN urgent review of tower block safety was launched yesterday after cladding on Grenfell Tower was blamed for spreading the inferno.

“Social tenants living in Grenfell Tower raised serious safety concerns before the fire, but they were ignored. Two years on, social renters are still being failed by poor regulation and people are still fighting to be heard,” said Shelter chief executive Polly Neate.

“In the wake of food scandals and financial scandals, the Government responded with new regulators to protect consumers, and that’s exactly what we need for social housing,” she continued.

“It cannot be right that scores of complaints and problems that affect whole blocks of flats, like faulty lifts or gas leaks, go unheard. We need a new regulator that’s firmly on the side of tenants.”

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing said: “No-one should be forced to live in unsafe housing and we are working closely with Grenfell United and others to ensure social homes are safe and issues are resolved quickly.

“In our recent Social Housing Green Paper consultation we set out proposals to rebalance the relationship between residents and landlords, to tackle stigma and ensure residents’ voices are heard  - and we will publish our response before the summer recess.”

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