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Government set to ban combustible cladding

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

In his speech to the Conservative Party conference later today,  the Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire MP, is expected to announce a ban on all combustible materials on the outside of high-rise buildings.

The government, he will say, will change building regulations to ban the use of combustible materials on high-rise residential buildings, hospitals, care homes and student accommodation.

High-rise, in the context of these plans, refers to buildings over 18 metres, with reports that the government is aiming to bring in the changes to building regulations in late autumn.

Mr Brokenshire is expected to tell his party’s conference: “It’s been over a year since the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire.

“This unimaginable horror has rightly shocked us all and underlined the need to do all that we can to see that such a disaster cannot happen again.

“My work with Grenfell United and the wider community has been hugely helpful in keeping this issue right at the top of the government’s agenda.

“And that is why today I can confirm that I will change the building regulations to ban the use of combustible cladding for all high rise residential buildings, hospitals, care homes and student accommodation.”

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse will be addressing the RLA’s, RLA’s private rented sector fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference later today. He will be joined by RLA Vice-Chair and Director for Wales, Douglas Haig and Ben Marshall, Director of Ipsos MORI, with Anna Mikhailova of The Telegraph as chair. It will be held in Executive Room of the ICC in Birmingham at 5:45pm.


  • Fire safety is one of the top searches on the RLA website. The association has now pulled together all its fire safety guides and interactive resources for PRS landlords to create a comprehensive fire safety hub within its webpages.
  • The new and updated fire safety advice pages for residential landlords can be found here.
  • In addition to the resources on the website, the RLA is now offering online and classroom fire safety training courses, with Complete Fire Safety courses running in London, Manchester and Leeds this month.

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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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