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.