Rushanara Ali MP’s statement on the Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

The Hackitt Review which was published today examined the current system of building regulations and fire safety. It was commissioned by the Government following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The review found that poor oversight in the building industry led to a “race to the bottom” and that regulations are often "misunderstood and misinterpreted". The review also failed to propose a ban on flammable cladding for buildings.

Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green and Bow said: 

“I am incredibly disappointed that the Government’s building safety review has not proposed a ban on flammable cladding for buildings. This has been called for by the survivors of Grenfell, as well as the Royal Institute of British Architects, the LGA and the Labour Party. A ban would ensure that a disaster like the Grenfell Tower fire doesn’t happen again.

It is appalling that the process for testing and certifying products was found to be disjointed and lacking transparency. As the Government have now decided to consult on a ban, I will continue to call for the introduction of a full ban on flammable cladding for buildings to ensure the safety of my constituents, as well as people across the country.”


Notes to Editors:

  • You can read the full report here.
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