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Government urged to ‘spell-out’ RAAC residential housing risks

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has been urged to reveal its current assessment of the risk of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete in residential and non-domestic buildings.

Clive Betts, chair of the Levelling Up Committee has written to the Government to request an update on what the department knows about the risks of the material in social and private housing.

It comes as almost 150 schools were forced to close or move lessons at the start of the new academic year after the material was discovered.

The letter asks what is the department’s latest guidance for residents and landlords on the risk of RAAC in social housing and the private rented sector and if there are plans to update this guidance following the Department for Education’s recent action.

He said: “There are well-publicised concerns about the use of RAAC in public buildings such as schools and hospitals but there is also concern about the use of RAAC in housing.

“It’s important the Government spells out its assessment of the risk in residential buildings, in social housing and local authorities’ estates and what guidance it is giving to residents and landlords on the risk of RAAC.”


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