Saturday 13 June 2020 / 10:29 AM Housing / Thangam Debbonaire

Grenfell – Government must act as figures show 56,000 people still living in buildings with cladding

Labour has condemned the failure to remove flammable cladding as a “national disgrace” as new analysis shows up to 56,000 people are still living in blocks with Grenfell-style cladding three years after the fire.

Ahead of the third anniversary of the tragedy which claimed 72 lives, Labour has called on Ministers to take enforcement action against building owners who are failing to make their blocks safe. Labour’s analysis of new government figures reveals that three quarters of people who found their buildings covered in deadly ACM cladding after the Grenfell fire have still not had it removed.

Official figures published on Thursday confirmed that the Government has missed its June 2020 deadline for all Grenfell-style cladding to be removed from buildings, with 300 still covered.

Labour is warning that at the current pace, the cladding scandal could take decades to resolve. If the replacement of other types of dangerous cladding occurs at the same rate as Grenfell-style ACM removal, it will take 39 years to complete.

In the meantime, Ministers refuse to financially support leaseholders who are paying for interim safety measures such as ‘waking watch’. Some leaseholders are currently paying as much as £840 per month for waking watch.

Thangam Debbonaire, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, said:

“Three years on from the Grenfell tragedy, it is a national disgrace that so many people are still living in the shadow of deadly flammable cladding.

“Ministers have missed their own deadline for cladding removal and must now take the enforcement action they promised to make buildings safe.

“Grenfell-style cladding is just the tip of an iceberg. At the current pace it could take decades to end the cladding scandal. This vital work must speed up. It is a matter of life and death.”