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At Least Seven UK Buildings Found with Combustible Cladding

23 June 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government is coordinating the process and facilities allow for 100 samples a day to be tested.

An estimated 600 high-rise buildings in England contain cladding similar to that used on a London tower block which caught fire, killing at least 79 people, officials said on Thursday.

Melanie Dawes, the permanent secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), has written to housing groups and representative bodies to call for action.

The DCLG said initially that only three buildings were affected.

"It is important to stress that Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding is not of itself unsafe, but it is important that the right type is used. Of those 600, some of those would have ACM; we want to test them to see if they have ACM".

A previous statement suggesting all of these 600 buildings featured the same cladding as at Grenfell tower. They still haven't said where and how the fire started.

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Councils in England made the estimate as authorities desperately try to get a grip on the scale of the issue facing local authorities following the blaze at Grenfell Tower that killed at least 79 people on June 14.

A DCLG spokeswoman said the Building Research Establishment laboratory is working "24/7" to turn around cladding tests amid fears other high-rise developments could be vulnerable to a Grenfell-style blaze.

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Cladding used on Leeds City Council-owned high-rise home blocks has been confirmed as "not comparable" to the type which is thought to have fuelled the deadly fire at London's Grenfell Tower.

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"I cried when I heard the news, I was in shock". Landlords are being asked to check what the cladding on their buildings is made from.

Flames spread rapidly up the 24-storey residential tower block last week, trapping people inside, in what was Britain's worst blaze since World War Two.

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"That was a failure of the State - local and national - to help people when they needed it most".

Chairman of the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives (ALACE), Tracey Lee, said: 'This raises worrying points of principle. A third building is in the Manchester area. According to a report in The Guardian, at Grenfell, the construction team used the cheaper panels. Photographs of show apartments for sale highlight their plush interiors and extensive views over London.

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He said: "The public inquiry into Grenfell Tower must also establish whether lives could have been saved if those recommendations had been implemented in full, and if the recommendations of the all-party parliamentary group had been heeded by government".