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URGENT: tower block safety

Wednesday 21 June 2017

DCLG has released urgent safety advice following the Grenfell Tower fire in London last week.

Following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary at DCLG has issued a letter calling for owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks to act immediately to check cladding on their buildings.  

Melanie Dawes, who is head of civil service at DLCG has written to Propertymark asking us to issue their guidelines immediately to our members. The guidelines explain how to identify if Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) is used in the construction of privately owned buildings and how to send a sample off for testing. Testing will be paid for by DCLG on all blocks over 18 metres high.

Please read the letter for full details of the process you need to follow, and use the checklist for submitting a sample for testing.

Any queries should be forwarded to

The Department for Communities and Local Government have also put together guidance and information about the support available for all those affected by the fire.

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