Grenfell Tower: Corbyn urges chancellor to allot £1bn for sprinklers (Guardian)

Grenfell Tower: Corbyn urges chancellor to allot £1bn for sprinklers (Guardian)

The Grenfell Tower tragedy should force the government to fit sprinklers to all council and housing association high-rise blocks, Jeremy Corbyn will say in a speech on Thursday, as he calls on the chancellor to set money aside to do so.

Ahead of the budget in a fortnight’s time, Corbyn will launch a campaign to push Philip Hammond to commit to the £1bn needed to enforce the new safety measure, saying the government is failing to learn the lessons of Kensington fire. In a speech in London alongside the shadow housing minister, John Healey, Corbyn will say only 2% of tower blocks have sprinklers, and that councils including Nottingham, Salford and Conservative-controlled Westminster claim they have been denied funding for safety improvements. Read more

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