Grenfell council bullying claims denied
Allegations of a ‘culture of bullying’ within the building control department responsible for overseeing Grenfell Tower have been denied.
Grenfell surveyor quit over workload
The council surveyor in charge of checking that the refurbishment of tragic Grenfell Tower complied with building regulations quit due to workload pressures, a public inquiry has heard.
Consider compliance ahead of the Social Housing White Paper
Local authorities are failing housing regulatory standards – and it’s set to get riskier, says Kelsey Walker.
Grenfell council calls for homeless help
A small London council has called for other boroughs to help house its homeless.
Committee condemns ‘pie-in-the-sky’ cladding promises
Thousands of people are at risk because of ‘serious shortcomings’ in the Government’s long-term response to the Grenfell Tower fire, MPs have said.
Government could buy up fire risk buildings
The Government has not ruled out compulsorily purchasing buildings with serious fire safety defects if the pace of remediation remains too slow.
Housing MJ: Stepping out of the shadows
With the tragedy of Grenfell still in the background, Kensington and Chelsea LBC is aiming to make better use of all its homes within the borough and sees mixed tenure housing as a game changer. Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith explains.
Grenfell-style cladding remains on 243 buildings
Hundreds of buildings are still clad in the same material that led to the spread of the Grenfell Tower fire.
UN expresses 'serious concern' over cladding
The United Nations’ special rapporteur on adequate housing has expressed ‘serious concern’ that 600,000 people in England continue to live in blocks with dangerous cladding.
MPs call for government to 'pick up the pace' on cladding
The existence of 2,000 high-risk homes with dangerous cladding three years after the Grenfell Tower fire is ‘deeply shocking,’ MPs on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee have said.
We need to break the deadlock
This weekend marks the three-year anniversary of the tragic fire at Grenfell. While welcoming the announcement in March of the £1bn Building Safety Fund, Sir Bob Neill says bureaucracy must not get in the way of delivery.
EXCLUSIVE: Former minister in scathing attack on government's Grenfell record
Former minister Sir Bob Neill has launched a scathing attack on his government’s post-Grenfell record three years after the fire.
Cladding remediation work to pick up pace
Vital building safety work to replace unsafe cladding on high-rise buildings that had ‘significantly slowed down’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will resume, it has been announced.
Keeping tenants and leaseholders safe – the immediate challenge
The challenge of the new building safety regime will be best met by involving all council departments and by close engagement with tenants and stakeholders, say Ian Doolittle and Rebecca Rees.
Grenfell taskforce to ‘stand down’
The Government has announced that the taskforce formed to help Kensington & Chelsea LBC respond to the Grenfell tragedy is to stand down at the end of the month.
The benefits of digital aid
Charles Skinner argues any proven off-the-shelf system that can join up many players during incident and emergencies under a digital umbrella must be worth serious consideration.
Budget 2020: £1bn building safety fund to remove unsafe cladding
A new £1bn fund to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings has been unveiled today by the chancellor.
Select committee launches cladding inquiry
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a new inquiry into the pace of removing dangerous cladding from high-risk buildings across the country.
Owners of buildings with dangerous cladding named and shamed
The Government has published the names of five companies that have been deemed too slow in making safe dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings.
Pressure mounts for extension of Grenfell cladding fund
MPs have called for more funds to be released to pay for the replacement of flammable cladding on high-rise buildings.