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30 May 2019
London local authorities are pressuring the government to be more open about the timetable for the testing of cladding on high-rise buildings in the capital and when the results will be published.
Estimates are that as many as 1700 buildings in England will be deemed as being 'high risk'. A high proportion of the number will be located in the Greater London area.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, speaking as executive member for housing and planning for London Councils, the representative body for local government in the capital, commented, "London boroughs have worked extremely hard to make sure our residents are safe - and feel safe - in their homes. We urgently need far greater transparency from the government over the process of testing potentially unsafe materials.
“We want clarity over the precise timetable for testing and sharing results. It’s also crucial that the government confirms its plan for dealing with materials that fail the tests."
He continued, “London boroughs believe the government should commit to funding the remediation of all dangerous cladding systems. This is the only viable route to ensuring all buildings are made safe without further delay.
"It’s essential that ministers continue to work closely with councils in addressing these issues.”