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Holyrood committee to examine Scottish tower block fire safety

26 June 2017

There are 56 residential high rise buildings run by social landlords in the city and so far only one has had removed cladding as a result of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

A letter to residents says after talks with the fire service it has been decided in the event of a fire "the policy will now be for tenants to leave the building immediately if they are able to do so".

The council also promised to look again at the need to "retrofit" sprinklers into existing tower blocks, as recommended by the 2013 coroner's report into the Lakanal House, Camberwell, fire in 2009. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers after experts found them "not safe for people to sleep in overnight".

The move was announced as London's Camden Council evacuated residents in four tower blocks amid fire safety fears there.

MSPs on the Local Government and Communities Committee are to expand an on-going inquiry into housing and building regulations in Scotland to include high-rise accommodation.

A number of NSW councils and private developers have begun completing urgent fire-safety tests on developments to investigate whether they contain flammable aluminium cladding.

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Prime Minister Theresa May has been criticised for her response to the Grenfell tower catastrophe, particularly for the handling of residents caught up in the ordeal and later those affected by the substandard cladding. Others were being put up in hotels and other housing projects.

Many residents complained of a lack of information and confusion.

Over 100 people were evacuated late on Friday from buildings in Camden.

"We want all of them to be acting urgently on this", he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. "There's no organization and it's chaos", she added.

Carl McDowell, 31, said he took one look at the inflatable beds at the gym and went back to his Taplow apartment to sleep there overnight.

On Thursday Mayor Philip Glanville promised "futher info tomorrow" on what steps the council was taking after its initial statement after the Grenfell fire which killed at least 79 people.

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Police said Friday that they were considering filing manslaughter charges in the Grenfell disaster and they were conducting a wide-ranging investigation that will look at everything that contributed to it.

"We are looking at every criminal offense from manslaughter onwards", Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters.

The government has ordered an immediate examination of the refrigerator model that started the blaze.

A social housing provider in Liverpool also announced it had chose to remove cladding from two of its high-rise blocks as a precaution, following Government tests.

Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, published a statement over the weekend detailing the work being undertaken to ensure the safety of residents in high-rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. To encourage cooperation with authorities, May said the government won't penalize any Grenfell fire survivors who were in the country illegally.

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