Labour will use the Fire Safety Bill to try and force the Government to implement the vital recommendations in the Grenfell Inquiry. The amendment will place robust requirements on building owners or managers to share information with local Fire and Rescue Service about the design, and the materials of the external walls, to undertake regular inspections of individual flat entrance doors and lifts, and share evacuation and fire safety instructions with residents of the building.
Furthermore, this amendment would force the Government to honour the commitment they made to act on recommendations from Phase One of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, published in October 2019.
Shamefully, latest Government figures published in August show that over 80% of private sector residential buildings and nearly half of social sector residential buildings wrapped in Grenfell style ACM cladding have not the materials removed.
Sarah Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing and Fire Minister, said “Over three years after Grenfell, it is shameful how little progress has been made. The Government has continuously broken their promises, while tens of thousands of people across the country are stuck living in unsafe flats. The victims and survivors of Grenfell are still waiting for justice. This is completely unacceptable.
“Labour’s amendment to the Bill is an attempt to force the Government to deliver the recommendations of the Grenfell Inquiry’s Phase One Report. Every measure necessary should be put in place to prevent a fire like Grenfell from ever happening again. We urge the Government to honour their promises and back the amendment and get the work done.”