The ruin of Grenfell Tower.

Theresa May’s real answer to Stormzy’s demand for funding to help the victims of Grenfell took a while to arrive, but here it is: She’s reducing safety in tower blocks.

Never underestimate the vindictiveness of a Conservative.

After reportedly bowing to heavy lobbying from construction firms, Theresa May’s Conservative government are poised to severely weaken fire regulations for high-rise buildings, despite numerous promises from the government to improve fire safety following the horrific Grenfell fire which claimed the lives of 71 people last June.

It is understood that the government intends to revise regulations to allow construction firms to merely carry out ‘desktop studies’ on combustible insulation, rather than forcing firms to carry out the large scale tests that are currently demanded for all potentially combustible building materials to be used in the insulation of high rises.

Desktop studies are essentially computer simulations that do not involve real-life tests, and would amount to a far cheaper, far-less rigorous method for testing combustible construction materials that would allow firms to save vast amounts of time and money.

Source: Despite Grenfell, the Tories look set to WEAKEN high-rise fire regulations after lobbying from construction firms | Evolve Politics

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