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An aerial view of the Grenfell Tower, after the fire, showing the surrounding area to the extent of the other three nearby tower blocks.

NEC Statement – Residential tower block remedial funding

The Liberal Party note with concern media reports that a number of councils have alleged that central government has declined to release urgent funds for remedial work to residential tower blocks.

Any argument concerning whether such work is additional rather than essential is academic when many tower blocks have seen their external insulating cladding removed as a fire precaution.

The party accepts that the fitting of water sprinklers is a long-term aspiration subject to design and structural assessments, but as a minimum external cladding should be replaced as matter of urgency with the onset of winter.

The Grenfell tower tragedy has highlighted the disparity in living conditions of many of this countries most vulnerable and cost should not be a consideration when providing adequate and safe accommodation.