Following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary at DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) has called for owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks to act immediately to check cladding on their buildings.

Melanie Dawes, who is head of civil service at DLCG, has asked for their guidelines to be circulated immediately.  The guidelines explain how to identify if Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) is used in the construction of privately owned buildings and how to send a sample off for testing. Testing will be paid for by DCLG on all blocks over 18 metres high.

Please read the attached letter for full details of the process you need to follow, and use the attached checklist for submitting a sample for testing.


You should contact  if you have any questions.