Sunday 22 October 2017 / 10:43 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Ministers should act now and help fund vital fire safety measures, starting with the highest risk blocks – John Healey

Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, John Healey MP, responding to Sajid
Javid’s refusal to fund the retro-fitting of sprinklers in high-rise buildings on the Andrew Marr Show, said:

“Conservative Ministers
were told four years ago to get sprinklers retro-fitted into high-rise
buildings following two fatal tower block fires, but failed to act.

"Today,
even after the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower, Sajid Javid has
confirmed the government is still refusing to provide any funding to
install sprinklers. This is a neglect of government’s responsibility to
worried residents across the country. 

“Ministers should act
now and help fund these vital fire safety measures, starting with the highest
risk blocks.”