Environment, Safety and Standards

Corbyn calls for retrofitting of sprinklers in high rise towers

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has called for this month’s Budget to include funding for the retrofitting of sprinklers in high rise buildings housing social tenants.

Launching the “Making Homes Safe” Campaign, during a speech today he said: “The campaign’s aim is for sprinklers to be fitted in all social housing throughout the country which is 30 metres or above – around ten or more storeys.

“We are asking for the public’s support to make sure the government listens to the concerns that we share with tower block residents, the fire and rescue service and other professionals.

“Retrofitting of sprinkler systems is a basic demand but it is one that will save lives if the government decides to make it happen.

“Grenfell was an avoidable tragedy. It did not have to happen and it would not have happened if adequate precautions, including sprinklers, were in place.

“So please, sign our letter and help us make sure that residents of high rise social housing can sleep safely in their beds, safe in the knowledge that they are being listened to.”

To read the speech in full click here.

The RLA has produced its own overview of fire safety in the PRS, which can be accessed here.

It has also launched new fire safety courses, both online and in the classroom, for landlords who want to learn more about their fire safety obligations and how to conduct fire risk assessments. For more information and to book click here.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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