Combustible cladding ban should be extended to existing buildings, MPs say

Manchester Northern Quarter Skyline Central has its cladding removed after Grenfell fire

Housing committee says ban should also cover hospitals, hotels and student accommodation

MPs on the housing committee have called for a ban on combustible cladding to be applied to existing high-rise buildings.

In its report, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Next Steps, which explored the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt, the committee welcomed government’s intention to ban combustible cladding on new buildings over 18 metres but said it should go further.

The report, which was based on a series of oral evidence sessions with experts, said: "We believe such a ban should apply not only to new high-rise buildings, but also to existing buildings over 18m, as well as those currently under construction.

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