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Brigade's warning on building safety

15 August 2018

LONDON FIRE Brigade has written to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) regarding the ban on combustible materials being used on building exteriors and has warned that more needs to be done to improve building safety.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said, “While we in principle are supportive of an initial ban, this is a short term solution that won’t fix what is essentially a broken system. The banning of flammable materials is an important step in reassuring the public but it is only part of the problem that needs to be rectified.

“A ban must be followed up with a concerted effort to implement the other reforms suggested in Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety to ensure we have a robust system of testing and regulation and that only competent persons are making decisions about the materials we use in and on our buildings in the future.

“Residents should feel safe in their homes and a cladding ban will help but we want assurances that the Government will commit resources to support implement the ban and reassure the public.”