Shelter responds to new government figures on unsafe cladding following the Grenfell Tower fire

Official figures released today on flammable cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower show:
  • Across the country there are currently 301 buildings over 18m with similar cladding to that used at Grenfell. 158 of these are social housing buildings.
  • Of the social homes affected, 42% of buildings have not started works on removing or replacing the unsafe cladding
  • In total only 7 social housing buildings have fully replaced the unsafe cladding. This equates to only 4% of social housing buildings affected.

Shelter’s chief executive Polly Neate said: “This is cladding which has failed safety tests and is considered unsafe. It’s shocking that more than eight months on from the Grenfell fire only a tiny proportion of unsafe cladding has been replaced on homes across the country. 

“The government’s lack of leadership has driven delays and caused confusion and it must now step up and take responsibility for ensuring these homes are safe. We urge the Secretary of State to do this by providing total clarity on fire-safety and much clearer guidance on who should pay for and carry out these essential works.”