London Councils joins building safety taskforce and calls for faster progress

  • By JackGraves

London Councils has welcomed the government’s announcement of a new taskforce to oversee remediation work of private sector buildings with aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding.

London Councils, which will join the taskforce set up by the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG), wants to see urgent action taken to ensure owners of these buildings declare whether they are clad in combustible materials that have failed fire tests.

Cllr. Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ Executive Member for housing & planning, said:

“The overriding priority for London’s boroughs is to do everything we can to ensure Londoners are safe – and feel safe – in their homes.

“The government needs to commit to faster progress in making sure this remedial work is carried out to a high standard and as quickly as possible.  

“London boroughs have worked hard over the past year to carry out safety checks in publicly-owned high-rise buildings, but it has proved much harder to identify the privately-owned blocks with potentially unsafe ACM cladding.  

“The government is right to set up this taskforce, which must bring about more speed in identifying these buildings and encouraging private landlords to work with the relevant experts in taking remedial action.

“We also welcome the government making additional funds available to support boroughs’ fire safety and enforcement work. London can’t afford for this essential activity to be insufficiently resourced, and we’re keen to work with the government in making sure boroughs are able to do this to the best of their abilities.”

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Notes to Editors:

 

  1. A new ministerially-chaired taskforce is being established to actively oversee the remediation of private sector buildings with ACM cladding systems. The taskforce will be charged with ensuring that remediation plans are put in place swiftly across all private sector buildings with ACM cladding systems, addressing any barriers or identifying any additional support required to achieve this. Membership of this taskforce will include Local Government Association, National Fire Chiefs Councils, London Councils, local authorities who have experienced the largest degree of impact, and industry representatives.