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570,000 pound fine for fire safety breaches which took the lives of six residents
‘The jury at an inquest into the deaths of six people killed in a south-east London tower block fire found "numerous opportunities" were missed to carry out fire safety checks inside the building.’

Judge Jeffrey Pegden ordered Southwark council to pay a £270,000 fine and a further £300,000 in costs after they were found guilty of a string of fire safety offences. The fatal fire at Lakanal House tragically took the lives of six residents. Several critical safety flaws were identified during and after the incident. There were failings with the continued maintenance and upkeep including the suspended ceilings that were not capable of stopping a fire from spreading.

Southwark pleaded guilty to four offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire) Safety Order and had their fine reduced from £400,000. Peter John, Southwark Councillor accepted the fine going on to say,

“Some have talked about the need for this case to act as a warning to others, but for us the death of six residents is a stark reminder every day of the terrible cost of failings at Lakanal.” Southwark councillor Peter John

Dan Daly, LFB’s assistant commissioner for fire safety, said:

“The fire at Lakanal House was a particularly harrowing incident and our thoughts remain with the families and loved ones of those who died. Bringing this prosecution against Southwark council has been about ensuring that lessons are learned. All landlords, including large housing providers, such as councils and housing associations, have a clear responsibility under the law that their premises meet all fire safety requirements and are effectively maintained to provide protection in the event of a fire and keep their residents safe.  We want them to take the opportunity provided by this court case to remind themselves of exactly what their fire safety responsibilities are under the law and to ensure that everyone in their premises is safe from the risk of fire.”

All landlords, including large housing providers, such as councils and housing associations, have a clear responsibility under the law that their premises meet all fire safety requirements and are effectively maintained to provide protection in the event of a fire and keep their residents safe.

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