Labour has condemned the government’s failure to remove flammable cladding as a “national disgrace” as its analysis shows that up to 56,000 people still live in blocks with Grenfell-style cladding.
Marking the third anniversary of the tragedy, which claimed 72 lives on 14 June 2017, Labour called on ministers to take enforcement action against building owners who are failing to make their blocks safe.
Labour’s analysis of new government figures reveals that three-quarters of people who found their buildings covered in the similar ACM cladding after the Grenfell Tower fire have still not had it removed.
Official figures published on 11 June confirmed that the government has missed its June 2020 deadline for all Grenfell-style cladding to be removed from buildings, with 300 still covered.
Labour warns that at the current pace, the cladding scandal could take decades to resolve. If the replacement of other types of dangerous cladding occurs at the same rate as Grenfell-style ACM removal, it will take 39 years to complete.
In the meantime, ministers refuse to financially support leaseholders who are paying for interim safety measures such as ‘waking watch’. Some leaseholders are currently paying as much as £840 a month for waking watch.
Shadow housing secretary Thangam Debbonaire said: “Three years on from the Grenfell tragedy, it is a national disgrace that so many people are still living in the shadow of deadly flammable cladding.
“Ministers have missed their own deadline for cladding removal and must now take the enforcement action they promised to make buildings safe.
“Grenfell-style cladding is just the tip of an iceberg. At the current pace it could take decades to end the cladding scandal. This vital work must speed up. It is a matter of life and death.”