The burnt-out Grenfell Tower stands testimony to the hazards of cladding.
The burnt-out Grenfell Tower stands testimony to the hazards of cladding. Frank Augstein

Safety tests on blocks of flats show 34 at risk

THIRTY-four high-rise blocks of flats in 17 local authority areas have failed fire-cladding safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the British Government has revealed.

The announcement came after the evacuation of 3000 residents of the Chalcots Estate in Camden, north London, who face weeks in temporary accommodation after concerns were raised over the safety of the blocks.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid said testing of potentially combustible cladding was "running around the clock”.

Previously 27 blocks in 15 council areas had been flagged as at risk.

It is thought thousands of people could be evacuated from high-rise buildings across the country, as in Camden, as more tests are carried out.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the growing scale of the threat demanded co-ordinated national action including a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee.

The Liberal Democrats called for a "civil emergency” to be declared and a fund created to compensate those forced to leave their homes. - INM



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