John Healey responds to Grenfell cladding announcement
John Healey MP, Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to the announcement of funding for replacing cladding on some tower blocks, said:
“Ministers must overhaul our broken system of building checks and controls so a disaster like the Grenfell Tower fire can never happen again.
“Today’s announcement is just a partial backing of Labour’s plan to fund the emergency work needed to keep residents of high-rise blocks safe. It’s welcome, but why on earth has it taken the Prime Minister eleven months to make this commitment?
“Almost a year on from the Grenfell Tower fire, over 300 other tower blocks have dangerous, Grenfell-type cladding, but only seven have had it replaced.
“The Government should now take the next necessary step and back Labour’s plan for a £1 billion Fire Safety Fund to finance vital safety work and retrofit sprinklers in high-rise social housing blocks.”