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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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“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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Waltham Forest Council still working to house Leytonstone’s rough sleepers......

Waltham Forest Council is still struggling to obey the government and house all its rough sleepers as some refuse to engage with services.  Click here to read more.

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No ‘rogue’ landlords fined in half of London councils last year......

Figures show that 15 councils did not record a single fine on the GLA rogue landlord database in the last year.  Click here to read more.

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Elderly woman sleeps on sofa for two years to escape council flat mould infestation......

An elderly woman has been sleeping on her sofa for two years to escape a major mould infestation in the bedroom of her council flat. Click here to read more.

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Borough had decade’s biggest house price rise......

House prices have doubled in Waltham Forest in ten years.  Click here to read more.

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Walthamstow Town Hall to be redeveloped with a possible 500 new homes......

Planning permission has been granted to redevelop a Grade II listed town hall as part of a two-phase scheme which could include 500 new homes, pending further permission  Click here to read more.

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None of pledged starter homes built, says watchdog......

A government plan to create 200,000 new homes in England for first-time buyers has resulted in no homes being built, the National Audit Office has found.  Click here to read more.

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General election 2019: Labour pledges billions for home energy upgrades......

Labour is pledging to cut UK carbon emissions by 10% through the largest home improvement programme for decades.  Click here to read more.

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Teachers living in sheds, cars and using food banks as demand for grants rises, charity warns......

Hundreds of teachers and support staff are at risk of losing their home or being unable to pay rent, according to the Education Support Partnership, a charity that provides emergency grants.  Click here to read more.

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