Grenfell report calls for 'culture change' on fire safety

Grenfell report calls for 'culture change' on fire safety

Flammable cladding blamed for London's Grenfell Tower fire has been used on as many as 12,000 buildings in Queensland, a taskforce has found.

Nearly 300 other high-rise buildings were subsequently found to have unsafe cladding and the government said on Wednesday that it will provide £400m to replace it on 158 social housing buildings.

Shadow housing secretary John Healey said it "beggars belief" that the report "continues to give a green light" to combustible materials on high-rise blocks.

But she did not call for a ban on materials capable of burning from tall buildings, saying: "This is most definitely not a question of the specification of cladding systems".

The review is expected to be released by the state government on Thursday.

Some 71 people died in the blaze on June 14 previous year.

She said: "My investigation has determined that there are people out there taking short cuts, cutting costs and not taking responsibility for building buildings that are safe to live in".

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Conservative backbencher Kwasi Kwarteng said the government will be judged on its response to the tragedy and warned that the Tory party was at risk of losing the good will of victims of the fire.

The British government promised yesterday to spend £400 million on replacing unsafe cladding on public high-rise blocks, lessening the burden on cash-strapped local authorities.

But her decision not to advise a ban on combustible cladding or insulation for high-rise buildings drew immediate condemnation from a wide range of critics including the opposition Labour Party. There are many other features, many other short cuts out there that could result in other disasters in the future which we need to address as part of this.

Speaking in the House of Commons three hours after the publication of the review, Mr Brokenshire said new laws would be introduced that delivered "meaningful and lasting" change to the building safety system. No cladding ban? report is very, very weak.

Shahin Sadafi, chairman of Grenfell United, which represents survivors and the bereaved, said they were "disappointed and saddened that she (Dame Judith) she didn't listen to us and she didn't listen to other experts".

"The report is so important to us", he said.

"Today we want her to look us in the eye and and tell us that these risky materials will never be used again". People are not safe in their homes. "When they rewrite these regulations it must be by people who put safety first, and there must be consequences if these are not followed".

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