The precise number of Londoners, homes and indeed buildings affected is unknown. Information released by MHCLG in January 2021 states that 250 high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings over 18 metres in London have, or have had, unsafe aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding systems. The number of buildings under 18 metres with unsafe ACM cladding is not known. With regard to unsafe non-ACM external wall systems, as at 5 February 2021 the Building Safety Fund had received 1,628 registrations for buildings over 18 metres in London, though not all of these will be eligible. The number of buildings under 18 metres with unsafe non-ACM cladding is not known.
In a letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in September 2020, I called on the Government to establish a much more comprehensive method for tracking and enforcing building owners’ responsibility to inspect and, if necessary, remediate their external walls. Three and half years on from Grenfell, it is unacceptable that the extent of the building safety crisis is still unknown.