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Urgent: Safety checks on private blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire

21st June 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has issued urgent safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire in London last week.

Following the horrific fire, DCLG has asked NALS to issue guidelines immediately to its members about the checks that should be made on buildings in England with Aluminium Composite Material cladding.

Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary at DCLG has issued a letter calling for owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks to act immediately.

  • In addition to the checks on residential blocks owned by social landlords, DCLG are offering private owners of residential buildings in England an opportunity to test cladding on blocks over 18 metres high through arrangements put in place with the Building Research Establishment (BRE). These checks will be paid for by DCLG, and the information will be available to DCLG from BRE.
  • Where owners consider that they may have concerns about cladding on buildings over 18 metres high, they should follow the process in the letter.
  • DCLG have provided an email for enquiries:

The letter explains the checks in more detail. There is also a Data Return Form to be completed by people wishing to make use of the checks being offered.

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