Thursday 18 July 2019 / 2:40 PM Housing / Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones responds to government’s announcement that HPL cladding is a fire risk and must be removed

Sarah Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to the government’s announcement that HPL cladding is a fire risk and must be removed from tower blocks, said:

“Today, in the wake of a damning select committee report, the government has finally confirmed what experts have been telling them for years: HPL cladding is lethal and should be removed from buildings.

“The fact that ministers waited until two years after Grenfell to confirm to people that they have been living in potential death traps is a disgrace. And today’s statement is a poor attempt at a cover-up, highlighting the one combination of cladding and insulation which passed a fire test. Worst of all, Ministers were made aware of a failed fire test featuring HPL nine months ago and failed to act.”