Up to 12000 Queensland buildings may have flammable cladding

Prime Minister confirmed she has finally heeded their warnings and will stump up the money to pay for the overhaul

Prime Minister confirmed she has finally heeded their warnings and will stump up the money to pay for the overhaul

"The government will consult on banning the use of combustible materials and cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings", minister James Brokenshire told parliament.

Hackitt's report is expected to address many of these problems, but overlooking a ban on cladding is likely prompt anger from survivors and campaigners.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) last month told the Government that it was concerned the review will not deliver the key changes it says are needed to protect the public.

This dutyholder during occupation and maintenance should maintain the fire and structural safety of the whole building, and identify and make improvements where reasonable and practicable.

"It beggars belief that the government's building safety review gives the green light to combustible materials on high-rise blocks", said John Healey, Labour's housing policy chief.

'A series of commitments made by ministers up to and including the prime minister have not been honoured'.

Inside Housing reported she will propose the introduction of a new "regulatory system" for tower blocks, including creating a "duty holder" that will be given the power to enter people's flats to check fire safety issues.

Grenfell United, the Local Government Association and the Equality and Human Rights Commission were among those who described the report as "disappointing".

Some 72 people died after a blaze  tore through the tower block nearly a year ago in Britain's worst post-war fire
Some 72 people died after a blaze  tore through the tower block nearly a year ago in Britain's worst post-war fire

But, responding to criticism of her report, she said she was open to seeing combustible cladding banned in the future.

"There's something seriously wrong with the regulatory system", she said on BBC Radio 4, calling for it to be completely overhauled and for tougher sanctions to be introduced for transgressions.

The review's author, engineer Judith Hackitt, said a ban would not be sufficient because existing regulations already meant that unsafe cladding should not have been used.

Dame Judith also found ignorance about the rules, a lack of clarity about who takes responsibility and inadequate oversight. "A race to the bottom".

The report also sets out the need for a clear and identifiable "dutyholder" with responsibility for building safety of the whole building.

"Since the awful tragedy at Grenfell Tower this council has acted quickly to reassure our residents and ensure they are safe in their homes and we have made it clear that we would do everything we can to make sure that nothing like Grenfell ever happens in our borough".

- Industry to lead strengthening competence of those involved in building work and to establish an oversight body.

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