Today we look at new FOI figures on high-rise cladding and a new appointment at the London Assembly.
Tom Copley Appointed Deputy Mayor for Housing
Tom Copley has been appointed London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Deputy Mayor for Housing at City Hall.
The Labour Assembly Member replaces James Murray, who was elected as an MP at last year’s general election.
Mr Khan described the role as “crucial” and said that City Hall was “making progress on fixing the housing crisis” and that he knew “Tom shares my ambition to go even further”.
Almost seven in 10 high rises have not had cladding materials identified
Almost 70% of high-rise buildings have not had their cladding materials identified, three months ahead of a government deadline, an FOI request.
Inside Housing reports that cladding materials from 3,708 buildings in 131 council areas have not been identified. Identification of cladding materials is the first step in ensuring that dangerous cladding systems are removed from tower blocks.
Amongst the 1,612 that have had cladding materials identified, 91 have been found with high-pressure laminate cladding, 56 with timber and 167 with combustible insulation, meaning that almost 20% of buildings identified will require remediation work.
Local authorities have until March to provide the government with data on cladding materials. The government has provided £4million of funding towards this, to be spread across hundreds of councils.