CARL SARGEANT OUTLINES STEPS BEING TAKEN FOLLOWING GRENFELL TOWER FIRE

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant has announced he is setting up an expert group to examine all of the lessons coming out of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and their application to Wales.

The Cabinet Secretary made the announcement during an update to Assembly Members on the steps being taken in Wales following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The group will include representatives from the social housing and fire sectors and will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary’s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser.

A first round of urgent discussions with all residential social landlords in Wales has been completed. Social landlords have informed the Welsh Government that none of the 36 blocks of flats of seven or more storeys in Wales appear to have been fitted with the type of cladding used in the Grenfell Tower.

Seven blocks in Wales have been retro-fitted with sprinklers. Any new or converted blocks developed in Wales are required to include sprinklers under the changes introduced as part of the Welsh Government's Domestic Fire Safety Measure (Wales) 2011, which was introduced by Labour AM Ann Jones. The requirements were introduced for flats and houses on 1 January 2016.

The expert group will also consider how prepared Wales would be to deal with an incident such as Grenfell should it occur.


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