"This Assembly notes that the 14 June will mark the anniversary of the disastrous fire at Grenfell Tower. Whilst investigations into urgent and essential regulatory reform continue, Londoners are still living in homes at risk of fire because they are clad in a similar ‘highly combustible’ material as Grenfell Tower.
This Assembly commends the cross-party list of MPs who wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Planning calling for urgent action to keep residents safe.
We welcome the Prime Minister, Theresa May’s, ensuing announcement that “the government will fully fund the removal and replacement of dangerous cladding by councils and housing associations”.
We call on the on the Mayor and Chair of the Assembly to add their support by writing to the Secretary of State to urge them to:
- reconsider the use of combustible and limited combustibility cladding and insulation on high-rise residential blocks, schools and hospitals;
- ensure that dangerous cladding is removed and replaced where it already exists on all buildings whether council, housing association or private;
- ensure that there will be no cap on the full funding provided by Government for the removal and replacement of dangerous cladding by councils and housing associations; and
- end the use of “desktop studies” that award fire safety certificates without a basis in rigorous testing; and enact the policy recommendations of the London Assembly report “Never Again: Sprinklers as the next step in fire safety”.