Grenfell tower cladding banned in the United Kingdom, says Chancellor

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2017

"We've worked tirelessly to establish how many people we believe were in Grenfell Tower on the night and at this point in time we are unable to say that they are safe or well", he said.

Controversy is also erupting over the Grenfell Tower's exterior cladding, with two British ministers saying the cladding used in a recent renovation may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations. Attention has focused on materials used during the renovation process completed a year ago.

Two British officials have said that new exterior cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly along the outside of the tower in the June 14 blaze.

Pictures of burnt a washing machine, cooker, bathtub, exercise bike and many other household items in hollowed out rooms underline the "the scale of the challenge" the police face in recovering loved ones, police said.

"The response of the emergency services, National Health Service, and the community has been heroic", Ms May said in a statement.

The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior panelling used in an extensive renovation completed past year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules.

Mr Cundy said the death toll may still change, but not as significantly as it has in recent days.

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Cundy on Monday promised an "exhaustive" criminal investigation into the tragedy. He has not provided details about the inquiry.

They feel they have been ignored because they are poor, he said. Monday for the victims and their families.

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a judge-led public inquiry into the disaster.

There are also 78 families who have been assessed and are on course to be placed in properties that are local or in the neighbouring borough by the end of the day. Counsellors are already working with 52 families.

His family said in a statement that the Syrian refugee "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family".

Metropolitan Police Cmdr. Stuart Cundy on Sunday said the number of people missing and presumed dead has risen from 58 as there are people who possibly lived in the building whose disappearance has not yet been reported.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try and positively identify victims.

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