Today Labour launched its Make Homes Safe campaign to keep high-rise residents safe by funding the retrofitting of sprinkler systems in all social housing tower blocks.
The Grenfell Tower fire was a national tragedy and demands a national response from Government to make sure it can never happen again.
Two separate coroners’ reports released in 2013 into fatal high rise fires at Lakanal House and Shirley Towers recommend that sprinklers be fitted into social housing blocks, but recent research has revealed that just 2% of the UK’s council and housing association tower blocks have sprinkler systems.
In 2007 Labour made it compulsory for all new high-rise blocks to have sprinklers fitted, Labour is now calling on the Government to set aside £1bn to fund the same safety protections for residents in existing blocks. The retrofitting of sprinklers in all council and housing association tower blocks, starting with those 30m (ten storeys) or higher, will ensure that:
- No resident lives in a high-rise block without the added safety of sprinklers
- No council or housing association cannot do this vital work because they lack the funds
- No residents lose out on other important maintenance works or badly needed new house-building because funds are being diverted to fit sprinklers
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