Coun­cil cab­i­net ‘has to re­sign’

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have re­signed since the in­ferno, many mem­bers of its cab­i­net re­main in their posts.

Asked about the fu­ture of the coun­cil and KCTMO lead­er­ship, Ms Dent Coad said: “It changes by the day. We are look­ing at the task­force leads who are com­ing in and what their records are like, but I re­ally don’t see how any­body who was any­where near the ac­tual de­ci­sion-mak­ing process could pos­si­bly con­tinue work­ing, any of them at all.

“Cab­i­net mem­bers will all be tarred with the same brush, be­cause the de­ci­sion went through the cab­i­net.

“Any­body else who was around in the KCTMO – no­body will trust them.” swiftly make any nec­es­sary im­prove­ments. Gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to make sure that we learn the les­sons from the Gren­fell Tower fire, and to en­sure noth­ing like it can hap­pen again.”

The de­vel­op­ment comes as it was re­vealed 82 tow­ers failed a new fire safety test which scru­ti­nises the com­bi­na­tion of cladding and in­su­la­tion.

It is the first raft of more com­pre­hen­sive as­sess­ments fol­low­ing a wave of tests which saw hun­dreds of cladding sam­ples fail stan­dards for flamma­bil­ity in re­cent months.

The so-called “whole sys­tem” tests sim­u­lated tall build­ings and tested the in­su­la­tion and cladding ma­te­ri­als in con­junc­tion to see how they re­acted to dif­fer­ent types of fire, the gov­ern­ment said.

Ex­perts have pre­vi­ously flagged con­cerns that build­ing reg­u­la­tions are un­clear on the use of com­bustible cladding, which paved the way to their use by con­trac­tors.

Dame Ju­dith will aim to pub­lish a fi­nal re­port by spring 2018 and an in­terim re­port be­fore the close of the year, ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment.

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