Flammable cladding still being used on buildings
28 March 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Official figures released show that since last month no additional high-rise social housing blocks have had Grenfell Tower-style cladding replaced.
In total only seven social housing buildings have seen full replacement of the unsafe cladding since the tragedy last June.
This equates to only 4 per cent of social housing buildings affected.
Across the country there are currently 306 buildings over 18 metres high with cladding similar to that used at Grenfell - and 158 of these are social housing blocks.
Of the social homes affected, 35 per cent of buildings have not seen works begun to remove or replace the unsafe cladding.
Greg Beales, Shelter's director of policy, research and communications, said: "It's astonishing there's been such little progress and that we have still failed to replace cladding on so many homes, when it has failed safety tests and is considered unsafe.
"More than nine months have passed since the Grenfell fire and the government has a responsibility to step up and coordinate efforts to ensure these homes are safe. Instead, this vital safety work is mired in delays and confusion.
"The secretary of state must urgently provide clarity on fire-safety and far stronger guidance on who should pay for and carry out these essential works."
The 306 buildings that have cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower are buildings with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems that are unlikely to meet current Building Regulations guidance.
A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spokesman said: "Work has begun on 65 per cent of the buildings identified with ACM cladding in the social sector. This work is complex and will take time to complete.
"In the meantime, bespoke safety measures are already in place in these affected buildings to ensure residents are safe."
The Building Safety Programme publishes monthly updates on the high-rise residential buildings in England that have unsafe cladding, including information on the remediation of social housing buildings.
The data is published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It is available here.