Friday, January 17, 2020

Profits not safety

Scores of apartment blocks covered in the flammable cladding that encased Grenfell tower do not have plans in place to remove it.
21,000 households are still living in flats wrapped in the Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding that allowed the flames to spread so rapidly in the early hours of 14 June 2017. 450 high-rise residential buildings in England found to have the combustible cladding, 315 are yet to undergo works to remove it, with 76 of these not having any plans in place to do so.
Housing expert Stuart Hodkinson said the government's response to the Grenfell tragedy had been "too slow, too narrow, too hands-off, and too many vested interests involved". He said private building owners without remediation plans were "putting profit before resident safety and well-being"
Grenfell United, the survivors’ and bereaved families’ group, said: “Over two and half years later, it’s obvious that the government have no intention of making people safe and are continuously dragging their feet on the matter. It’s only a matter of time before another tragedy happens, and the blame will lie solely at the government’s door.”

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