Communities secretary says 240 blocks are now thought to have similar cladding to Grenfell Tower, not 530

The number of council and housing association tower blocks that have similar cladding to that implicated in the Grenfell Tower fire is about half what was originally estimated, the government has said.

The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, said that while local authorities and housing associations initially estimated that about 530 blocks over 18 metres high were thought to have such cladding, this was now put at no more than 240.

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