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Fire safety reviews 'already taking place' at Manchester tower blocks

Manchester City Council says reviews are already taking place into fire safety at buildings in the city. Credit: Victoria Jones/PA

Manchester City Council says it has contacted the landlords of all former council tower blocks in the city to ask for reassurances about fire safety.

Following the fire at the Grenfell tower block in London, the council says it wants to reassure residents that safety reviews of residential buildings in Manchester are already taking place.

It says the council's housing management company, Northwards Housing, has already begun fire risk checks of each block it manages to ensure they are robust and that residents know what to do in the event of a fire.

Residents should not be unduly concerned and the reviews of fire safety in Manchester’s residential blocks are a precautionary measure, and we a simply looking for reassurance that the systems in place are as robust as possible.

– Joanne Roney, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council

Following the horrendous events at Grenfell Tower this week we have contacted the landlords of former council blocks to request assurance that their fire measures are properly in place.

We are working closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue colleagues and we will respond to any advice they suggest as the situation develops, but if you have any concerns please contact your landlord.

– Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council

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Manchester council pass £80m budget cuts

Residents in Manchester will see their council tax rise by almost 4% as the City Council seeks to make savings of £80m over the next two years.

A flash mob of protestors wearing masks of the council leader Sir Richard Leese made their feelings known outside the Town Hall last night.

Council tax will go up 3.7%, the highest in the north west.

They are now looking at ways to work with the community to keep a number of swimming pools open.

Protest flash mob outside Manchester Town Hall

A flash mob of protestors gathered outside Manchester Town Hall earlier to protest against budget cuts.

Tomorrow morning, councillors will meet to discuss ways to save £80m over the next two years.

Protestors wore masks of council leader Sir Richard Leese and made their feelings known on plans to close libraries and swimming pools.

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