By Daily Mail Reporter
Published: 00:01 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 00:03 BST, 16 September 2020
Thousands of flat-dwellers have been ‘condemned to lives of stress and fear’ over ministers’ failure to replace flammable cladding on high-rises, a damning report says.
After the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy in which 72 people died, the Government pledged safe alternatives to dangerous cladding would be provided on all multi-storey buildings by June.
But little over a third – 155 out of 455 – of high-rises with similar flammable cladding to Grenfell have had it replaced to date, the Commons public accounts committee (PAC) said.
After the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy in which 72 people died, the Government pledged safe alternatives to dangerous cladding would be provided on all multi-storey buildings by June (file photo)
Members said progress has been ‘unacceptably slow’ and leaseholders have been the victims of a ‘system-wide failure’, MPs said in the report.
Now the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), which accepts the report’s conclusion, has set a new target for remaining work to be completed by the end of next year.
Residents of tower blocks still fitted with flammable cladding have reported worsening mental health due to safety fears.
They have also complained about the high costs of funding interim measures such as ‘waking watches’ – constant patrols to monitor buildings for signs of fire – as they wait for cladding to be replaced.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more