Ministers warned work to remove cladding could take ‘up to 39 years'

Grenfell Tower in west London

Ministers have been warned that work to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings could take “up to 39 years” to complete at the current pace.

Work has been undertaken to remove ACM cladding from buildings across the country following the Grenfell disaster three years ago when 72 people were killed after a fire broke out in the early hours of June 14 2017.

However, Labour has now urged the Government to pick up the pace on the removal of the material on high-rise buildings to ensure the work is completed more quickly.

Raising the issue in the Commons following the third anniversary of the disaster, shadow housing minister Mike Amesbury said:

Making reference to the approval of a major property scheme involving a Tory party donor by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, Mr Amesbury added:

Mr Pincher responded: