The Grenfell tragedy has acted as a focal point for anger at local authority funding cuts.
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An estimated 600 high-rise buildings in England contain cladding similar to that used on a London tower block that caught fire, killing at least 79 people, officials said Thursday. Flames spread rapidly up the 24-story residential Grenfell Tower last week, trapping people inside, in what was Britain's worst blaze since World War II. Exterior cladding added during a refurbishment may have played a part, residents have said.Earlier May announced that cladding used on some buildings had been found to be combustible.May said tests on the cladding of Grenfell Tower would be made public in the next 48 hours.Leaders of the council in the London borough of Camden said it would remove external cladding panels from five tower blocks on a local estate after finding they were not to the standard it had commissioned.
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