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Government uses legal powers to instruct councils to check for dangerous cladding 23/05/2018 Labelled as Legislation, Regulation

The Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, has invoked powers under the Housing Act 2004 to compel councils to check buildings in their areas for dangerous cladding.


In a letter to council chief executives sent on 17 May 2018, housing secretary James Brokenshire announced that he was using powers under Section 3(3) of the Housing Act 2004 to compel councils to check buildings for cladding.


The order, which councils are legally obliged to comply with, demands that council's take "all appropriate steps" to notify government of high rise residential buildings over 18 metres in their area, with a particular regard to identifying the specific aluminium and polyethylene cladding used on Grenfell.


There are concerns in the sector that some councils may not have the necessary resources to undertake this task and this Direction follows an earlier announcement that £1million in financial support is to be made available by central government to assist the most affected councils in identifying private sector residential buildings over 18metres high with potentially unsafe ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) cladding in their areas. 

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