Grenfell Tower fire

To avoid blazes like Bolton’s, we must radically overhaul student housing | Eva Crossan Jory | Education

The fire at a student residence in Bolton has brought into sharp relief the need for action on fire safety standards in student accommodation. It’s been more than two years since the tragedy of Grenfell, and hundreds of blocks – including many student developments – are still covered in flammable ACM cladding, with thousands of households living in fear. Landlords and private companies have dragged their feet in removing it, and the government has only approved preliminary funding to help…

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Student buildings still covered in Grenfell-style cladding | Society

Thousands of students arriving at university for freshers’ week face sleeping in high-rise accommodation wrapped in combustible Grenfell-style cladding, the government has admitted. Fifty-four privately owned student residential towers in England remain clad in aluminium composite material similar to that which helped spread the fire at Grenfell Tower 15 months ago, claiming 72 lives. The extent of the problem was revealed in figures released on Thursday by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Only eight of the 62…

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