Grenfell Tower fire response

The latest developments on the work happening in response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

6 July 2017

The Federation is in regular contact with ministers, DCLG officials and other stakeholders to discuss how the Government and housing associations can work together to ensure the safety of buildings across the country.

Along with a representative group of members, the Federation met with DCLG officials last week where we discussed housing associations’ concerns and asked for clarity on a number of issues.

DCLG issued an explanatory note on Monday outlining the checking and testing programme that has been set up and is now underway, and the wider steps that are being taken to ensure safety in all relevant buildings in the light of the early test results.

Today DCLG has issued a statement confirming that the independent expert panel on safety has advised further testing to help establish how different types of ACM panels in combination with different types of insulation behave in a fire.

Secretary of State’s statement

Secretary of State Sajid Javid made a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday, where he confirmed that all 181 sample submitted have failed the tests. He also confirmed that Sir Martin Moore-Bick had been appointed to lead a full public inquiry. You can read the full transcript here.

Support for members

In early July, we held meetings with members in London and Manchester who failed cladding tests. We discussed where we are nationally with Government, and the local strategic, practical and stakeholder challenges they faced.

More broadly the longer-term impact and sector response was discussed by the Federation’s board. We’ll be in touch with members with more details on this soon.