High rises across England fit with dodgy panels
by Felicity Collier
EVERY sample of external cladding tested since the Grenfell Tower inferno has failed fire safety checks, the government revealed yesterday.
All 95 samples of cladding from tower blocks submitted by 32 councils have failed, the Cabinet was told. Hospitals and schools are also being tested for combustible cladding.
Prime Minister Theresa May said there would have to be a “major national investigation” into what had gone wrong when dangerous cladding was fitted on buildings across the country over decades.
Her spokesman said this could be conducted as a second phase of the public inquiry into the disaster that has officially claimed 79 lives.
Shadow housing secretary John Healey said: “Ministers must now do a great deal more to reassure residents that everything is being done to keep them safe.
“They must improve the testing process which has so far been too slow, too narrow and too secretive.