Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – Newsletter No 11 Posted on 14th March 2018 at 2:52 pm.Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has established the Building Safety Programme to cover high-rise residential buildings over 18 metres, including hotels, to make sure that residents of high rise buildings are safe – and feel safe – now, and in the future. This email update provides the latest information and advice for landlords and building owners.New information you may wish to seeTo support local authorities with their work in identifying private sector residential buildings over 18 metres with potentially unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems, the Government will be providing further financial support totalling £1 million to assist the most affected local authorities in identifying these buildings.In addition, the Government is also taking steps to support local authorities in taking further action where cladding constitutes a hazard. Work is being progressed on issuing a statutory direction as to local authorities’ reviews of housing conditions in their area, in respect of cladding-related issues, and additional statutory operating guidance will be published to support local authorities in conducting hazard inspections and issuing enforcement notices. The department will continue to work with local authorities in developing these.On 27 February the Government published the latest data release setting out progress made in identifying buildings with potentially unsafe cladding systems. The next release is due in the week commencing 26 March.On 6 March, the department ran a one day conference for local authorities on ensuring the safety of residents in high-rise buildings. Attendees at the event heard from the National Fire Chiefs Council and a range of LAs on their work to identify potentially unsafe buildings and gather information.Following recent commercial large scale tests on two design variations of a cladding system comprising Category 2 ACM and Phenolic foam insulation, there has been an update to the consolidated advice for building owners following large scale testingon what the results of the tests may mean. Details of these commercial tests are available on the BRE website. In case you missed itFurther information, relevant announcements and correspondence can also be found ongov.uk including:The interim report of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.The latest advice on interim mitigation measures required pending remediation of cladding.The letter to local authorities regarding powers under which they can act in relation to buildings which might have ACM cladding, should enforcement action be required under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.To assist owners of high rise buildings in assessing measures they should consider to make their buildings safe and guide them through the process of remediation, theIndependent Expert Advisory Panel and Industry Response Group have produced a flow chart and information note. This builds on the consolidated advice issued on 5 September after completion of the large scale tests.The expert panel have worked with MHCLG to produce two advice notes on broader building safety issues:What building owners should do to seek advice, assess and mitigate potential risks if they are concerned about the fire safety of external wall systems that do not incorporate ACM systems.How building owners with External Wall Insulation systems with a render or brick slip finish should assess the risk and the importance of their appropriate design, installation and maintenance. This advice has also been developed with the Standing Committee on Structural Safety.