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High Rise Flats: Insulation

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 23544, tabled on 2 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will ensure that (a) apartment buildings receive a fire risk assessment that follows post-Grenfell guidance on building safety, (b) exterior material on apartments is tested thoroughly regardless of landlord willingness to pay and (c) affected residents are offered prompt and fair (i) compensation and (ii) assistance in the event that they are unable to sell their property.

Answered on

5 March 2020

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes it clear that building owners must undertake fire risk assessments on their buildings. Government has made ACM screening tests available, at no cost, to all building owners.

However, it remains building owners’ responsibility to ensure that all dangerous cladding systems are identified and remediated in line with the guidance contained in the Consolidated Advice published by the Government on 20 January.

Costs should not be a barrier to remediation, and Government is reviewing options on how best to support building owners and leaseholders.