Policy & News Updates in Wales
The Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant AM, has announced that 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 group will include representatives from the social housing and fire sectors and will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretaryâ€™s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser.
Carl Sargeant said:
â€œEveryone is, of course, horrified by the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in west London last week. My deepest sympathies are with those who have been affected by it.â€
He said a first round of urgent discussions with all residential social landlords in Wales had been completed. Following concerns regarding the cladding on the Grenfell Tower, the Cabinet Secretary confirmed that of the 36 blocks of flats which are seven stories or more, none of those appear to have been fitted with the same type of cladding used in the Grenfell Tower.
Several blocks have also been retro-fitted with sprinklers, and any new or converted blocks would be required to include sprinklers systems as part of changes introduced on the 1st of January 2016
Private landlords are unlikely to manage residential blocks on the same scale as Grenfell Tower, however we would advise that proper fire safety measures have been taken and fire risk assessments completed where necessary by law. You can find out more about fire risk and other risks by having a look at our â€œSafe and Secureâ€ webpage.