Councils across the UK estimate some 600 high-rise buildings have similar flammable cladding to Grenfell Tower.
Local authorities have been ordered to provide the government with details of the insulation used in tower blocks following the fatal fire in Kensington that left 79 people dead or missing.
British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke in the commons: “As a precaution, the government has arranged to test cladding in all relevant tower blocks. Mr. Speaker, shortly before I came to the chamber, I was informed that a number of these tests have come back as combustible. The relevant local authorities and local fire services have been informed, and as I speak they are taking all possible steps to ensure buildings are safe and to inform affected residents.”
The chief executive of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council, Nicholas Holgate, has resigned after being asked by communities secretary, Sajid Javid. It comes after the council came under criticism for how it dealt with the Grenfell tragedy, but also a neglect of the borough’s poor and social housing provision.
The Prime Minister backed the decision:
“Mr Speaker what became clear very quickly is the the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea could not cope and it is right that the Chief Executive Officer has now resigned.”
Theresa May is expected to name the judge who will the lead the public inquiry scant consollation for those laying loved ones to rest.