Immediate Government funding is needed to carry out urgent fire safety work and protect hard-pressed residents in high-rise buildings, the mayors of Greater Manchester and Salford said.
Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, has written to Housing Secretary Sajid Javid to call for action to help local authorities, housing providers and leaseholders who he says face significant increases in service charges to cover the cost of fire safety work in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Salford mayor Paul Dennett said:
The Greater Manchester High Rise Taskforce was set up following Grenfell and inspections of every residential high-rise building by the region's fire service have taken place to ensure they comply with fire regulations.
The task force submitted to Dame Judith Hackitt's independent review of building regulations and fire safety that the current regulation system was not fit for purpose and needed to be overhauled.