‘many of the very systemic failings that brought about the Grenfell Tower fireplace still exist now,’ says the Equality and Human Rights commission. Photo: Andy Rain/EPA
Watchdog says government failing in its duty to protect citizens’ lives
The Equality and Human Rights commission has written to the department for Housing, groups and local authorities (DHCLG) outlining its concerns about the continued use of combustible cladding in present buildings and advising the department of its responsibilities under human rights legal guidelines to shield lives.
The watchdog has yet to receive a reaction from the branch, which in June released a session into the use of cladding, believed to be a key thing in the Grenfell catastrophe.
The fee stated it changed into worried that the consultation omits any reference to the government’s duty to guard lives beneath article 2 of the eu convention on human rights and schedule 1 to the Human Rights Act 1998.
“This paramount duty calls for the nation to take suitable steps within its strength to efficaciously defend the lives of people and companies in conditions in which there may be a regarded actual threat to lifestyles, or wherein the authorities need to have known that,” the commision stated in its response to the consultation, shared with the Observer.
The reaction keeps: “sadly, over a 12 months after the catastrophic loss of greater than 70 residents’ lives, most of the very systemic failings that led to the Grenfell Tower hearth still exist now, giving upward push, in our view, to an ongoing violation of article 2 ECHR/HRA with the aid of the kingdom.”
Following the Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed seventy two lives in June last yr, extra measures, including using fireplace wardens and installing sprinklers, have been put in location in lots of residential excessive-rise buildings that have been built the usage of flamable cladding.
But the commission says it is concerned that leaseholders are being held to pay for the costs of getting rid of and changing the cladding because freeholders or builders are not prepared to foot the fee.
“flamable cladding is still found in many different homes as well, together with colleges, enjoyment centres and hospitals,” the commission warns. “Estimates of the range of buildings affected run into the heaps, with the expected fees of changing combustible materials going for walks into many tens of millions of pounds. All the ones costs stem from the nation’s failure to provide a constructing construction and fireplace protection machine that is suit for purpose.”
A spokesman for the DHCLG stated it’d don’t forget the commission’s submission along side other consultation responses. “The cladding believed to were used on Grenfell Tower changed into unlawful beneath current constructing guidelines,” the spokesman said. “It have to not have been used. Paintings is now beneath manner on 70% of social housing with hazardous cladding.”