Repair, Protect, Build: What next for UK Housing After The Tragedy at Grenfell Tower

 

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June 2017 has been one of the saddest in housing for many decades. A few days ago, a tower block which had dominated the West London landscape for over forty years was consumed in a devastating fire. The Grenfell death toll has reached 79. The dead and injured over 100 men, women and children.

This is the deadliest fire on mainland Britain since records began at the turn of the 20th century. It has caused profound shock around the country and in the housing and finance industries.

We must make sure that a tragedy like this never happens again.

In this report, the Housing & Finance Institute is clear – we must repair, protect and build.

This Report recommends:

  1. Immediate action is taken for a pause, a moratorium, on any new high-rise blocks being started.
  2. A review of whether existing high-rise tower blocks can be made safe or whether they should simply be demolished.
  3. A sharp acceleration of housebuilding throughout the country to deliver the million homes needed, including re-housing those affected in high-rise homes.