Grenfell Tower fire: News, comment and analysis
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4 July, 2017David Paine
There has been a staggering explosion in the number of households placed in temporary accommodation over the past year with the North West and the Midlands facing huge levels of growth, LGC analysis of the latest government data has found.
All samples of cladding tested so far have failed fire safety tests.
29 June, 2017Sarah Calkin
Questions have been raised over the testing of cladding on high-rise blocks amid calls to halt the process and disputed claims by the prime minister that councils have failed to follow building regulations.
29 June, 2017David Paine
Greater Manchester’s mayor has outlined bold proposals to increase housebuilding and tackle homelessness across the region.
28 June, 2017Tony Travers
Rarely has an issue created such pressure, in parallel, on both local and central government. The need to check the safety of hundreds of tall blocks of social housing has now become the main priority of councils and the Department for Communities & Local Government.
27 June, 2017
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27 June, 2017Sarah Calkin
Housing associations, not councils, are responsible for most of the delays in sending cladding in high-rise tower blocks for testing in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Local Government Association has said.
27 June, 2017David Paine
Not investing in affordable housing and cutting benefits “will come at a very severe cost for the government, our health and social services and for society”, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.