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Cladding has been removed from numerous high-rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire
Combustible cladding is to be banned for all new schools, hospitals, care homes, student accommodation and residential buildings above 18m (60ft).Housing Secretary James Brokenshire will make the announcement on Monday at the Conservative Party conference.Mr Brokenshire is expected to say he wants to bring about a "change in culture on building safety".The move comes 15 months after Grenfell Tower fire, where cladding was blamed for the rapid spread of the blaze.In a keynote speech to the conference in Birmingham, Mr Brokenshire will say the "unimaginable horror" of the Grenfell disaster, which cost the lives of 72 people, has "underlined the need" to ensure "such a disaster cannot happen again".
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The ban, which follows a lengthy government consultation, will cover all combustible materials, including cladding, on new buildings.However, it will not be applied retrospectively where materials have already been fitted.Currently, building regulations in the UK state all insulation and filler materials for cladding on high-rise buildings must be of "limited combustibility".The government is already undertaking a
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