Shelter’s response to government stats showing more than 150 social tower blocks are still covered in Grenfell-style cladding.
More than 150 social tower blocks still covered in Grenfell-style cladding, official figures show
Official figures recently released on cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower show:
- Across the country there are currently 297 tower blocks over 18m with similar cladding to that used at Grenfell. 151 of these are social housing buildings.
- Of the social tower blocks affected, 34% of buildings have not started works on removing or replacing the unsafe cladding
- Since last month no additional social tower blocks have had Grenfell-style cladding replaced, and in total only 7 have fully replaced the unsafe cladding. This equates to only 4% of social tower blocks affected.
Polly Neate, CEO of Shelter, said: “The fact that so many homes are still covered in cladding which has failed fire safety tests is a disgrace. It has left tenants uncertain of when their buildings will be made safe, and private tenants are fearful of what this could cost.
“This vital safety work is mired in delays and confusion, and for the sake of the people living in these tower blocks, this chaotic approach cannot continue.
“Almost a year on from the Grenfell fire, it’s time for the government to step up and take responsibility for ensuring these homes are safe by providing total clarity on fire safety, offering emergency financial support for councils, and by setting a firm deadline for completion of these essential works.”
Source of information Shelter