Councils scramble to fireproof their buildings after Grenfell

“An absence of national guidelines has left local governments unsure how to respond. Anger over the inferno which engulfed Grenfell Tower on June 14th, killing at least 80 people, continues to smoulder. At the first full meeting of Kensington and Chelsea council since the disaster, survivors and relatives of the dead gave highly charged accounts of how they had been failed by officials.” [...]

Data from Tussell, a company that tracks public-procurement contracts, show that in the month since the Grenfell fire councils have put out 32 tenders worth £5.1m ($6.6m) for fire-risk assessment and prevention schemes. Tussell says that this is 37% up from the same period last year.” [...]

Read the full article on The Economist’s website.

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