Cladding maker stops some sales after fire

For the British government, rapidly growing evidence of the true scale of the problem has brought a different kind of question, but one that's no less hard: Why was a type of cladding that was long restricted on high-rises in the United States and continental Europe permitted to be used on towers in the U.K.?

The council has no plans to fit external cladding on any new council residential buildings now in development.

When asked about the emails, Arconic said in a statement that it had known the panels would be used at Grenfell Tower but that it was not its role to decide what was or was not compliant with specific local building regulations.

Other companies involved in the refurbishment of the building in which the Arconic cladding material was fitted said they complied with all local rules.

After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London earlier this month, Cambridge City Council is reassuring tenants and residents there's no council-owned properties of similar size or construction to Grenfell Tower. So far, 60 have failed the safety tests, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.

Mr Javid said: "I can inform the House that as of midday today the cladding from 75 high-rise buildings in 26 local authority areas has failed the combustibility test".

Grenfell Tower was recently refurbished with Reynobond PE cladding, made by USA firm Arconic.

The Association of British Insurers said on Sunday it had warned in May that combustible external cladding on high rises could cause fire to spread and that it has been calling on the United Kingdom government to review building fire safety regulations since 2009.Cladding panels are often added to the exterior of buildings to insulate them and, particularly in the case of ageing tower blocks, to improve their external appearance. "I am concerned about the speed at which samples are being submitted".

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said tower block safety tests needed to happen more quickly in England, the BBC reported.

Meanwhile, Britain's government says it is donating 1 million pounds ($1.27 million) to the charitable response to the fatal fire.

The government is also giving 48,000 pounds ($61,000) to support an assistance venue, the Westway Center.

Hackney Council has been accused of responding too slowly in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington and of lacking transparency in what it is doing to protect residents.

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