High-rise fire safety results revealed

Only eight out of 173 social housing blocks have passed fire safety tests on cladding.

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Twelve weeks after the Grenfell Tower fire, government has revealed that less than 5% of social housing tower blocks have passed building regulations regarding fire safety.

In a statement to Parliament, Sajid Javid, communities secretary, said: “Large-scale BRE tests on 173 local authority blocks over 18metres tall known to have ACM cladding found only eight passed the relevant building regulations, known as BR135.

“The owners of affected buildings have been given details drawn up by our independent expert advisory panel. This covers steps to ensure safety of residents including, where necessary, removal of cladding.”

Javid also updated Parliament on the status of the Grenfell Recovery Taskforce: “The process of removing control of properties from the tenant management organisation has begun. The remit of the public inquiry has been set.

“A temporary school has been built. Work is underway on the scaffolding that will surround the tower.

“And I would like to pay particular tribute to the incredible team recovering and identifying the remains of those who died.

“They are doing an exceptionally difficult job in the most trying of circumstances.”

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