High Rise Flats: Fires

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 31 May 2018 to Question 146735 on High Rise Flats: Fires, which fire and rescue authorities in England have suspended the stay put guidance for residents of high-rise tower blocks that have cladding systems that do not meet current Building Regulations guidance.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

The National Fire Chiefs Council’s general guidance supports the principle of a ‘stay put’ strategy where it is appropriate. Decisions on maintaining or suspending the ‘stay put’ policy in blocks of flats should be based on a comprehensive risk assessment undertaken by a competent fire risk assessor. Residents and the local fire and rescue service should be informed where an existing ‘stay put’ policy is suspended.

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