Birmingham Council to fit sprinklers in 213 tower blocks

"As a precaution, the government has arranged to test cladding in all relevant tower blocks". Police said they were considering manslaughter among the possible criminal offences that may have been committed.

The government has offered free cladding testing to landlords in a desperate effort to identify potentially unsafe buildings following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman, Alison Donnelly, shared estimates from local authorities across England that suggest about 600 further buildings have the same type of cladding - and therefore potential fire risk.

The council said it was informing the contractor which installed the cladding, made up of aluminium panels with a polyethylene core, that it was taking urgent legal advice.It said that until the panels have all been removed, there will be round-the-clock fire safety patrols on the estate."This has been a wake-up call for the whole country", said Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party."Residents of tower blocks all over the country are concerned, anxious and frightened for their own safety".

East Lothian Council has not carried out any additional checks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in London last week.

A Number 10 spokeswoman said: "So far, three samples have been found to be combustible".

"We have identified 90 buildings to date and reviewed 21 of them".

On June 21, May said in an address to Parliament that the support on the ground for families residing in the social housing building had not been adequate.

She said "no stone will be left unturned" in the inquiry into the tragedy, adding: "For any guilty parties there will be nowhere to hide". We're glad the authorities are making efforts to rehouse people locally, and we will work with our partners to ensure that they keep this promise to the community.

Cllr Clancy said: "The government should accept this is a national emergency that fully justifies establishing a fund to allow councils to fit sprinkler systems as a matter of urgency".

Nicholas Holgate said that he had been asked to step down from his role by Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid.

"The combination of features in that Grenfell Tower, you won't find in Auckland".

May said it was clear that the local authority, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, could not cope with the disaster and that steps would be taken to improve future efforts.

McCormack says: "What we haven't got is a picture of how many people might have been in there". Photographs of show apartments for sale highlight their plush interiors and extensive views over London.

The council will be forced to sell assets if government help is not forthcoming, a statement said.

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