Inside Housing has launched updated aims for its fire safety campaign, calling for a commitment for all dangerous cladding to be removed from high rise buildings by the end of the year.
The Never Again campaign was launched in the weeks following the Grenfell Tower fire, with a series of aims targetting both government and social landlords.
These included calling on landlords to take immediate action to check and remedy dangerous cladding and government to immediately update and clarify building regulations.
It was endorsed by the National Housing Federation, the Chartered Institute of Housing, Placeshapers and the G15 group of London’s largest associations, and later updated to call on government to fund the removal of cladding - a promise finally made by Theresa May last month.
All of these organisations continue to support the new aims, with the National Federation of ALMOs also supporting the calls.
The updated aims call on government to stand by this commitment, even if the £400m earmarked proves insufficient.
It also calls for ministers to ban combustible materials of all types on the outside of high rise buildings and set a timescale for implementing the findings of the Hackitt Review.
Social landlords are asked to commit to remove dangerous cladding by the end of 2018 and publish risk assessments for their high rise blocks.
Emma Maier, editor of Inside Housing, said: “The tragedy at Grenfell Tower was compounded by the failure of the sector and successive government’s to truly learn the lessons of previous disasters and near misses.
“This dates right back to the Ronan Point disaster in the 1960s, and extends to the Shepherd’s Court fire - just months before Grenfell. This time must be different and that is why we are calling on the sector and government to take the necessary action to truly say Never Again.”
Debbie Larner, head of practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “One year on from the terrible fire at Grenfell there are still many unanswered questions and areas where clarification is urgently needed. This is why it is important to support the Inside Housing campaign - Never Again. If we are to truly honour those who lost their lives, we must keep going until we have systems and processes in place that will ensure another similar tragedy never happens."
Eamon McGoldrick, chief executive of the National Federation of ALMOs, said: “One year on from the terrible fire at Grenfell there are still many unanswered questions and areas where clarification is urgently needed.
"This is why it is important to support the Inside Housing campaign - Never Again. If we are to truly honour those who lost their lives, we must keep going until we have systems and processes in place that will ensure another similar tragedy never happens."
In the days following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017, Inside Housing launched the Never Again campaign to call for immediate action to implement the learning from the Lakanal House fire, and a commitment to act – without delay – on learning from the Grenfell Tower tragedy as it becomes available.
One year on, we have extended the campaign asks in the light of information that has emerged since.
Here are our updated asks: