Three years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, 2,000 residential buildings still have dangerous cladding, a report has revealed.
The report on the progress of cladding remedial work, by the housing, communities and local government committee, says that over 300 high rise or publicly-owned buildings are still wrapped in the same material as Grenfell and thousands more have some form of combustible cladding, insulation or fire defect such as a timber balcony or faulty fire doors.
MPs now want the government to take control of the freehold of any building which faces a serious fire risk if work has not been started by December 2020.
The committee report says the government’s £1 billion building safety fund is only be enough to fix a third of the buildings that have been identified as high risk, when a sum of closer to £15 billion is needed to address all fire safety defects in every high-risk residential building.
To take control of flats from freeholders or local authorities unwilling or unable to repair buildings, the committee wants the government to set up a national body that would step in and seize the buildings under a Compulsory Purchase Order and manage the repair of the unsafe homes.
Once the buildings have been made safe, the committee wants to see the properties converted to commonhold, which allows homeowners to own the freehold of individual flats and houses that are part of an estate.
The Grenfell Tower fire in London resulted in the deats of 72 people on on 14th June 2017. After the fire, it was discovered the tower was wrapped in aluminium composite material (ACM), a highly flammable and dangerous cladding system.