A ban on combustible building materials has come as a direct result of the survivors’ campaigning

Almost 16 months after the fire at Grenfell Tower that killed 72 people, bereaved families and survivors on Monday secured an important first step toward making homes safer across the country. The ban on combustible materials will bring the rest of the UK into line with Scotland and the EU, allowing only A1 or A2 “limited combustibility” materials on the external walls of residential buildings 18 metres or more tall.

The move has been greeted with a guarded welcome from families, who are waiting for more detail. There is little doubt that their campaign has brought about the change. Earlier in the year, the government was set to approve the use of desktop studies to clear materials used on high-rise buildings. The consultation on combustibles was announced the same day as a public outcry over the Hackitt review, which reported back in May. The Grenfell Tower inquiry is yet to make any interim recommendations, and does not yet appear to have appointed a cladding expert.

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