Grenfell Tower

Ministers back VAT exemption for removal of combustible building cladding

Companies removing combustible cladding from their buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy should have their VAT waived by the UK government, Scottish Ministers have said.

Published 4 June 2018

Social housing sprinkler plan receives overwhelming support

Proposals for mandatory fire sprinklers in new-build social housing have been met with overwhelming public support, Scottish Labour has revealed.

Published 23 May 2018

Scottish ministers to consider lessons from Hackitt review into fire safety

A review into UK building regulations in the wake of last year’s Grenfell Tower fire has highlighted the benefit of the pre-emptive system in Scotland, though ministers have vowed to ensure its recommendations are considered north of the Border.

Published 18 May 2018

England: Government to fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing

The UK government has announced it will fully fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations in England, estimated at £400 million.

Published 17 May 2018

GWSF urges caution on mandatory sprinklers plan

The benefits and costs of installing sprinklers in social housing need to be weighed against the many other pressures on the rents tenants pay, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 17 April 2018

New fire and smoke alarm regulations to apply to all homes in Scotland

All homes in Scotland will be required to have a minimum number of smoke alarms under changes being made in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Published 19 March 2018

Aberdeen high rise residents face court action to allow fire safety improvements

Aberdeen City Council could take high rise residents to court if they continue to block access to council workers to make fire safety improvements, the Aberdeen Evening Express reports.

Published 23 February 2018

MSP to consult on law for mandatory sprinklers in all new social housing

An MSP is proposing to bring forward legislation to make the installation of sprinklers mandatory in all new-build social housing.

Published 16 January 2018

Scotland to ‘learn any lessons we can’ from interim Grenfell Tower review

Communities secretary Angela Constance has pledged to learn any possible lessons from the publication of an interim report into UK building regulations and fire safety following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Published 19 December 2017

Human rights commission to launch own Grenfell inquiry

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a new project to examine the human rights and equality dimensions of the Grenfell Tower fire after its application to participate in the official inquiry was declined.

Published 11 December 2017

Ministers seek ‘additional reassurance’ on fire safety of high-rise buildings

The ministerial task group set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster is to seek “additional reassurance” from local authorities with regard to the safety of high rise buildings.

Published 16 November 2017

Ayr high rise flats set for post-Grenfell improvement works

South Ayrshire Council is set to undertake improvement works at the Riverside High Flats in Ayr following recommendations in light of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Published 14 November 2017

Scottish Government launches consultation into fire safety guidance

The Ministerial Working Group (MWG) on Building and Fire Safety, which was formed in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, has agreed to review fire safety guidance for Scotland’s homes.

Published 8 November 2017

Fire service launches new high rise safety campaign after Grenfell tragedy

Firefighters have visited more than 1,000 high rise homes to offer reassurance and support following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has said.

Published 19 October 2017

Grenfell-style cladding flats under 24-hour surveillance as Glasgow Harbour blocks given all-clear

Two housing blocks in Glasgow which were identified as containing ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower are being subject to round-the-clock site patrols, it has emerged.

Published 13 October 2017