Government releases update on fire safety work progress

Five more high-rise residential buildings have been identified as having Grenfell-style cladding unlikely to meet building regulations, the government has said.

The latest data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s Building Safety Programme shows at the end of June, 474 high-rise residential buildings have been identified as being clad in aluminium composite material (ACM) which is likely to be non-compliant with regulations. This is up from the 469 identified at the end of May.

The update also revealed 267 of the identified buildings (56%) have now had their remediation works fully completed, an increase of eight buildings month-on-month.

A total of 379 buildings have had their ACM cladding removing, leaving 95 that are still clad in the potential dangerous material.

A higher percentage of social sector buildings (98%) have either completed or started mediation than private sector buildings (89%)

Chris Pincher, housing minister, last month told parliament that 16% of blocks with ACM-cladding will still have remediation work outstanding at Christmas.

See also: Why is cladding remediation taking so long?