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To: James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Ban combustible building materials now

01/10/18 - We won!

Housing Minister James Brokenshire has just announced a ban on dangerous combustible building materials, like the cladding that was used on Grenfell tower. The government has chosen to put people before profit and you were a part of making that happen, so thank you.

So many lives were turned upside down after the Grenfell tragedy. Since then, we’ve been campaigning hard as ‘Grenfell United’ for justice and change, to make sure no families have to go through what we did. Your signature on our petition helped us pile the pressure on the government before the announcement when it really mattered.

Here’s what Ahmed Elgwahry, who lost his mother and sister in the fire, had to say:

“It is heartbreakingly too late for our families but we’re one step closer to making sure other families across the country can go to bed at night safe in their homes.”

Ban dangerous combustible building materials, so Grenfell never happens again

Why is this important?

We are the bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. On the 14 June 2017 we lost 72 of our loved ones. We will never get our loved ones back but we are determined to make sure that something like this never happens again. That’s why we are campaigning for change and to make sure everyone can live in a safe home.

It should seem obvious to anyone who saw the pictures of the Grenfell Tower fire that dangerous combustible materials must be banned but the Government still hasn’t made a final decision on whether to introduce one. And we know some companies that make products like those used on the Grenfell tower have been arguing against a ban.

We’ve spent months speaking to experts to understand how Grenfell tower, where our families lived, came to be so dangerous. We know that combustible materials and a shoddy refurbishment contributed to the dangerous fire that night. We’ve uncovered an industry and system that seems to put profits over people and failed to keep families safe, using dangerous materials and dodgy testing practises.

We want to make sure dangerous combustible materials are banned from high rises, schools, hospitals and any building were vulnerable people live or work. And any materials used are independently, properly and transparently tested.

It’s over a year since the fire and these materials are still in use. We urgently need to ban these dangerous materials to make sure people are safe in their homes.

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Reasons for signing

  • besides the obvious meme of people before profits, building materials should never be flammable or plastic-based
  • All lives matter
  • We haven't won yet! Tories have not banned combustible cladding, unlike Hammond promised after Grenfell. Only banned it for new builds over 18 m in height. No absolute ban and no replacement of existing flammable cladding permitted after Thatcher tore up building regulations in 1985. Not good enough until all combustible cladding is banned and removed.

Updates

2018-10-01 15:29:32 +0100

Petition is successful with 59,574 signatures

2018-09-26 21:03:24 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

2018-09-25 14:16:54 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2018-09-25 13:11:21 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2018-09-24 18:19:29 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2018-09-24 15:11:20 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-09-24 15:01:44 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-09-24 14:56:09 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-09-24 14:54:44 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-09-24 14:53:52 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-09-24 14:52:50 +0100

10 signatures reached