High Rise Flats: Insulation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Sarah Jones Sarah Jones Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government) (Housing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the 6,000 private sector high rise buildings where data was collected from to inform his Department's Building Safety Programme were (a) residential, (b) commercial and (c) for another use.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The scope of MHCLG’s Building Safety Programme is high-rise residential buildings. This includes private and social residential buildings, along with hotels, student accommodation, and public buildings (comprising health buildings and schools). Some of these buildings will be mixed use, comprising elements of commercial and other use, but buildings solely used for these purposes are out of scope of the Building Safety Programme.

The focus of our work is on ensuring that all high-rise residential buildings with unsafe Aluminium Composite Material cladding are remediated as quickly as possible. These buildings are where the risk to life from fire is greatest. High-rise buildings used for other purposes have different evacuation strategies and the risks are lower.

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