Chancellor questions cladding use

During an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that it his understanding that the type of cladding used on the exterior of Grenfell Tower – and which has been blamed for fuelling the fire – is banned in the UK, raising questions about what regulations are in place and whether they were adhered to. He said these points will be looked at by the Government’s inquiry and by a criminal investigation. A Treasury spokesperson later clarified that the Chancellor meant the material used was banned for buildings of a certain height. Meanwhile, former Labour minister David Lammy has called for Scotland Yard to seize files relating to the block’s £8.6m refurbishment. He said: “The Prime Minister needs to act immediately to ensure that all evidence is protected so that everyone culpable for what happened at Grenfell Tower is held to account and feels the full force of the law.” Finally, the Independent reports that two women feared dead in the tragedy were allegedly threatened with legal action by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) after they campaigned for improved fire safety.

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Posted 19/06/2017