Last updated: 10/02/2021, 5:45 PM

London Fire Brigade statement on Government’s cladding announcement

10/02/2021 17:45
Grenfell Tower

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has today announced a package of measures to address safety issues in the built environment.

This includes the announcement of an additional £3.5bn to fix dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings in England.

He also revealed plans to support leaseholders with loans to fix problems on buildings under 18 metres.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Our priority has always been the safety of Londoners and anything which speeds up the remediation of fire safety issues in the built environment is a step in the right direction.

“This issue is particularly pressing in London where the nature of the built environment means we have a far higher number of high risk building than anywhere else in the country. We welcome the announcement of a levy on developers to help address this – it is vital the industry has a role in funding remediation work.

“However, we remain concerned about the scale of the issues being uncovered in buildings across the UK, which are much wider than just dangerous cladding.

“The priority must be to get a resolution to all these issues as quickly as possible so that people feel safe in their homes.

“Almost four years after the Grenfell Tower fire, it is concerning that there are still so many members of our communities who live in fear and we will continue to work with Government and building owners to ensure the safety of buildings now and in future.”

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