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Government calls on property managers of private residential blocks to act now on fire safety

YOPA NS

Property managers of high rise private residential tower blocks are being urged by the Government to act now on fire safety.

Melanie Dawes, permanent secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, yesterday issued a call for immediate action.

She wants managing agents, owners and landlords of private blocks to check the cladding on their buildings.

If it is found to be ACM cladding, then a sample can be tested, with the testing paid for by DCLG.

Dawes stresses that ACM cladding is not itself dangerous but it is important that the right type is used.

A checklist is available and anyone with any queries can email: PRShousingchecks@communities.gsi.gov.uk

In the first instance, DCLG is prioritising buildings over six storeys or 18 metres high.

While DCLG will pay for the testing, the cost of any remedial action will be the responsibility of the owner.

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