'A government review of building regulations will not recommend an explicit ban on combustible cladding and insulation, despite persistent demands from Grenfell Tower survivors and fire safety experts.
Survivors of the blaze, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and politicians have all called on the government to ban construction materials that burn.
But sources say that Dame Judith Hackitt, a former chairwoman of the Health and Safety Executive, is not expected to propose an outright prohibition on products similar to those which appeared to spread fire at Grenfell killing 71 people almost a year ago.
In her review, to be published on Thursday, Hackitt is expected to argue instead for wider reforms of the system, including toughening up fire testing and the way buildings are certified as safe. Sources said she believed such changes would mean contractors and architects would not in effect be able to use such materials. She is also expected to urge the government to move rapidly.
But Sandra Ruiz, whose niece died at Grenfell, said she feared that not explicitly banning combustible cladding was a way to minimise disruption to the building industry and ran the risk of further failures.
“If her thought process is to make these materials difficult to be used then why not just ban them?” she said. “Seventy two people died. Take them away completely and don’t run the risk again.”'
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