Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has announced a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise buildings.
The announcement comes in the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster in 2017, where 71 people lost their lives and subsequent handling sparked a national outcry.
In a move hoped to clarify the use of combustible materials, such as those used in Grenfell, the government is asking for views on revising building regulations to ban the use of combustible materials in the inner leaf, insulation and cladding that are used in external wall systems on these buildings.
The cladding used in Grenfell Tower was unlawful under existing building regulations and therefore should not have been used.
Keen to signal the government’s position, James Brokenshire commented “I have listened carefully to concerns and I intend to ban the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, subject to consultation”.
The deadline to respond to the consultation is 14th August.
You can read and respond to the consultation here.