High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th October 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 25 September (HL1604), whether local authorities can expect automatic financial assistance for replacing unsafe materials in cases where it is demonstrated that they followed the previous standards and processes set out in building regulations that are now being reviewed.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Government’s large scale tests were conducted to British Standard BS8414, which is a way of demonstrating, for a building over 18m, that a wall system meets relevant Building Regulations guidance. The outcome of these tests showed that four of the cladding systems failed to meet the test criteria.

The Government expects building owners to fund measures designed to make a building safe and to draw on existing resources to do so. The Government will consider the removal of financial restrictions where financial barriers stand in the way of essential work being done. We will work with local authorities who approach us on a case by case basis.

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