Fury at Gren­fell safety ‘be­trayal’

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

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.

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