Government should hang its head in shame after cladding rise, says FBU

The government should hang its head on shame after the number of private buildings with ACM cladding, the kind that was on Grenfell Tower, has continued to climb, says the FBU.

The statistics came to light yesterday as part of the government’s latest Building Safety Programme update.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “We keep hearing empty words and empty promises from this government about public safety, but their abysmal record speaks for itself. The same kind of cladding as was on Grenfell Tower still covers 324 high-rise residential buildings – that’s exactly the same number they reported last month. While flammable cladding is removed from social housing at a snail’s pace, the number of private blocks at risk continues to climb.

“On the countless other fire safety failings endangering residents, we’ve still seen no concrete action. It’s one step forward and two steps back with this government, just like the last. They should hang their heads in shame.”

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