News from Tom Copley: Hackitt Review falls completely short of any reasonable expectations
“Almost one year on from the tragic events at Grenfell, it was extremely disappointing to see the Hackitt Review fall completely short of any reasonable expectations. It is outrageous that there has not been a resolute call to ban dangerous flammable cladding from any future developments.
“What we have seen from the review is sentimentality and no substance- and the safety of thousands of Londoners continues to be put at stake.
“Yesterday, I was relieved to see the Government finally pledge to fully fund councils and housing associations to carry out the removal of dangerous cladding from 158 high-rise buildings. However, their dither and delay in arriving at this decision has put the safety of Londoners at risk and has, up until now, left cash-strapped local authorities forced to step-in.
“We now need to Government to clarify what support they will provide for private leaseholders who face uncertainty as to who pays for removal of cladding.
“Today, at Mayor’s Question Time, the Mayor expressed his surprise that the Hackitt Review failed to recommend a ban on the use of combustible cladding. I was glad to receive reassurances from Sadiq that while his powers are limited in this situation, he will do all that he can support Londoners who find themselves in unsafe buildings clad in combustible materials”.
Notes to editors
-The Hackitt Review into the Grenfell Tower Tragedy was published today and can be read here;
-The Prime Minister announced yesterday that the Government will fully fund the removal of flammable cladding from 158 high-rise buildings;
-You can watch Tom Copley AM’s question to the Mayor from today’s Mayor’s Question Time session here;