Daily Archives: 15/06/2020

Grenfell ACM cladding still on more than 150 London towers......

More than 150 buildings in London are still wrapped in highly flammable Grenfell-style cladding – almost three years on from the fire, Government figures reveal.

Ministers pledged to strip aluminium composite material (ACM) from tower blocks across the country in the wake of the devastating blaze.

The Grenfell Tower disaster claimed the lives of 72 residents, when fire spread rapidly from a single flat through the cladding of the North Kensington block, engulfing it in flames.

But with the third anniversary of the fire on Sunday, 163 buildings in the capital are still covered in the flammable casing.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Racism ‘could play a part in BAME Covid deaths’......

Factors such as racism and social inequality may have contributed to increased risks of black, Asian and minority communities catching and dying from Covid-19, a leaked report says.

Historic racism may mean that people are less likely to seek care or to demand better personal protective equipment, it says.  Click here to read more.

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“Dangerous disparity” between regions’ high-rise fire response after Grenfell......

Three years after the Grenfell Tower fire, a third of fire and rescue services still would not send sufficient resources to high-rise fires, new data from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) can reveal.

Residents still face a “postcode lottery” of fire and rescue response, the union has warned, with huge variation between brigades’ pre-determined attendance (PDA) levels, the number of fire engines initially sent to a high rise fire.  Click here to read more.

 

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