Grenfell Tower government review does not urge for cladding ban
Almost a year since the Grenfell Tower tragedy and a government review of building regulations has shocked many. The report has not called for an outright ban on combustible cladding and insulation as hoped.
Many people were hoping and expecting that dangerous cladding would be banned, with demands from Grenfell Tower survivors, politicians and fire safety experts calling for a ban.
Seventy-two people died as a result of the ferocious fire which ripped through the tower block in West London last June. Since the fire, the cladding on hundreds of buildings has failed fire safety tests.
Despite a cladding ban not being introduced, the review called for a "radical rethink" of the safety system currently in place.
Dame Judith Hackitt (a senior engineer who used to chair the Health and Safety Executive) said that a "genuine" culture change was required.
Speaking of the Grenfell disaster, she added that the fire "should not have happened in our country in the 21st century".
But when it came to the question of cladding, she said: "This is most definitely not a question of the specification of cladding systems.”
Adding: "Simply adding more prescription, of making amendments to the current system, such as restricting or prohibiting certain practices, will not address the root causes."