Pressure growing for compensation over banned cladding materials
Pressure is mounting for Government compensation to be paid to buildings containing materials expected to be banned in the wake of the Grenfell fire.
What the fire taught us
After Grenfell, changes to governance and consultation were the recommendations of a study for Kensington & Chelsea RLBC by the Centre for Public Scrutiny, and the Democratic Society. Jacqui McKinlay explains.
Preventing another Grenfell
On the first anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy Lord Porter explains how the Local Government Association is working with the Government to stop this from happening again.
Grenfell council leader pays tribute
Kensington & Chelsea RLBC’s leader has praised the families affected and paid tribute to those who died a year on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Council response to Grenfell tragedy was 'weak' - report
Damage caused by Kensington and Chelsea RLBC's ‘weak’ response in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire will be ‘difficult to repair,’ a report has suggested.
Preventing another tragedy
The report on the Grenfell Tower fire proposes establishing a joint competent authority, comprising local authority building standards, fire and rescue authorities and the Health and Safety Executive, to manage safety risks in high-rise tower blocks. Hiba Mahamadi reports on its powers to ensure future building safety.
Government to raid affordable homes budget to fund cladding removal
The Government’s affordable homes programme will be hit by a Government promise to fund the £400m cost of removing cladding and insulation from tower blocks, The MJ can reveal.
Councils chided on cladding cataloging
The Government is putting extra pressure on local authorities to speed up their cataloguing of buildings in the private sector that might have dangerous cladding.
Hackitt proposes extra council duties post-Grenfell
Councils could be handed extra responsibilities for monitoring the safety of higher-risk residential buildings (HRRBs) under reforms proposed by an independent report published today.
Government to fund cost of cladding removal
The Government will fully fund the £400m estimated cost of removing cladding and insulation from tower blocks by councils and housing associations in the wake of the Grenfell fire, the Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed today.
Future Forum: LGA to push for place-based EU funding replacement
The Local Government Association (LGA) will push for a place-based replacement for EU funding after Brexit, Smith Square’s chief executive has said.
Grenfell: Refurbishment turned fire-resistant building into flammable one
Kensington & Chelsea RLBC has come under pressure once more after a leaked report blamed a low-grade refurbishment for the deadly blaze that killed 71 people.
LGA strikes £20m improvement deal
Whitehall is looking to strengthen the sector-led improvement regime in its latest £20m deal with the Local Government Association (LGA), The MJ understands.
Senior capacity still lacking at Grenfell council - report
The Grenfell Recovery Taskforce has repeated its call for ‘greater senior capacity to drive operational delivery’ and criticised ‘limited progress’ at Kensington & Chelsea LBC.
Engie to carry out remedial work for Newham
Newham LBC has appointed French energy and regeneration company Engie to carry out remedial work on its tower blocks identified as unsafe last year.
Review to consider 'prescriptive regulations' post-Grenfell
The chair of an independent review of buildings and fire safety has assured MPs that she will consider the use of more prescriptive regulations post-Grenfell.
Fire safety: Tougher action needed on private owners, MPs say
Labour and Conservative MPs have come together to demand the Government does more than just ‘urge’ the private sector to pay for remedial measures to make tower blocks safe from fire.
Thomas to replace Quirk at Lewisham
The man who helped turn around Rotherham’s children’s services has been recommended by Lewisham LBC to become the council's new chief executive.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils deplore Government guidance after Grenfell
The Government’s guidance on fire safety after the Grenfell Tower fire has been ‘mediocre,’ ‘contradictory,’ ‘disjointed’ or non-existent, councils have said in response to a Labour survey.
Sadiq Khan: Government must pay for fire safety work on privately-owned blocks
London’s mayor has called upon the Government to pay for remedial work on privately-owned tower blocks in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.