Wolverhampton South West CLP applauds Wolverhampton City Council's recent decision to install sprinkler systems in its high-rise blocks.
The CLP are pleased to see that a government fund of £450m has been introduced for the removal of aluminium composite material cladding systems. We would now demand that the government fund the retrofitting of sprinklers and the provision of 'hard wired' automatic fire detection systems to high rise buildings (above 18m), low rise buildings, schools, hospitals, vulnerable people's care homes, arenas, theatres and all new-build properties. We would also demand that the only cladding systems used must be of the highest fire-retardant rating.
The CLP would like the next Labour government to implement these recommendations should this current government fail to do so. We are concerned that the current Conservative government has removed and weakened safety legislation and that their concern for cost is reducing their willingness to improve safety legislation and to fund safety measures.
The CLP would like the next Labour government to legislate for the monitoring of buildings and safety regulations to be returned to local council control and not to be undertaken via contracts with private companies run for profit