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Lakanal Tragedy

BBC Radio 4 - Lakanal House Focus

BBC Radio 4 recently aired a programme on high rise fire safety. If you missed it, it is well worth 25 minutes of your time:

The implications on landlords is becoming more and more public. The BBC used the Freedom of Information Act to find out how may councils had undertaken fire risk assessments on their properties. The results are far from satisfactory.

Tower Block Register

A register of residential tower blocks in England is to be set up after the Lakanal House fire in south London killed six people, including three children.

The fire at Lakanal House in Camberwell, which police are still investigating, prompted checks on other high-rises across the country. These revealed hundreds of fire risk assessments required by law had not been carried out. The register, due in the summer, will show if assessments have been done. It will show when checks were conducted and any action required.

"What we are looking to do is to capture details of all tower blocks with more than six floors," said Phil Morgan from the TSA.

"We want to make sure that all tower blocks have got fire risk assessments in place."

But the register is only likely to cover buildings owned by housing authorities and housing associations, and only those in England. It will not include privately run blocks such as Dodgeholme Court in Halifax, which had to be shut down and all the occupants re-housed after a spot check prompted by the Camberwell fire revealed fire-safety failings deemed to be a "serious and imminent risk" to residents.

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