Fury at Grenfell safety ‘betrayal’
CAMPAIGNERS reacted with fury yesterday after a long-awaited safety review failed to ban flammable cladding blamed for the spread of the Grenfell Tower fire.
The review by Dame Judith Hackitt found ignorance, indifference and costcutting had led to a ‘race to the bottom’ in building safety standards, but she stopped short of recommending a ban on cladding for tower blocks.
Within hours ministers began a consultation on a ban following an outcry by Grenfell campaigners, architects, insurers and the Local Government Association, who all supported such a move.
Flammable cladding was blamed for the rapid spread of the fire at the London block last June in which 72 died.
Labour MP and Grenfell campaigner David Lammy branded the review ‘a betrayal and a whitewash’. Dame Judith said she did not recommend a ban on cladding because she wanted to address the wider issue of overall safety to prevent future tragedies.