Latest fire safety warnings 'should serve as a wake-up call to ministers'

  • By JackGraves

Following concerns by fire safety experts that many of the 1,700 buildings identified as ‘at risk’ in England are likely to fail new tests into cladding and building materials, London Councils has called for the testing process to become more transparent.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ Executive Member for Housing & Planning, said:

“These warnings should serve as a wake-up call to ministers.

“London boroughs have worked extremely hard to make sure our residents are safe – and feel safe – in their homes. We urgently need far greater transparency from the government over the process of testing potentially unsafe materials.  

“We want clarity over the precise timetable for testing and sharing results. It’s also crucial that the government confirms its plan for dealing with materials that fail the tests.

“London boroughs believe the government should commit to funding the remediation of all dangerous cladding systems. This is the only viable route to ensuring all buildings are made safe without further delay. It’s essential that ministers continue to work closely with councils in addressing these issues.”