HUNDREDS of North-East residents are still living in dwellings with Grenfell-style cladding more than two years on from the disaster.

Government figures show there are an estimated 200 social sector dwellings with Grenfell-style Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding yet to be remediated in the North-East, affecting an estimated 480 people.

The revelation comes as new analysis suggests he Government will miss their targets for removing the Grenfell style ACM cladding off tower blocks across the country by almost a decade.

Alex Cunningham, Stockton North MP and shadow housing minister, said in the last month for which there are figures, not a single council or private block has been made safe.

Just before the summer recess, the Government set targets to see social blocks completed by the end of the year and private blocks by June 2020.

On current pace, the social sector won’t be made safe until December 2021 and private blocks until May 2030, according to Mr Cunningham.

He said: “The government has at long last set a deadline to remove ACM cladding, but at the current pace of work they will miss that target by a whole decade.

“Ministers need to step in and help councils who are struggling to get this work done promptly. And they must clarify what enforcement action they will take against private block owners who fail to make their buildings safe. Labour has been clear that sanctions should include confiscation of blocks where necessary.”

72 people died when a fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, West London, in June 2017.

Back in June, the Government confirmed there had been 106 high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings in England that had completed remediation works to remove the controversial cladding, with 327 buildings yet to be remediated.

A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spokesperson said: “It is unacceptable that residents are still having to live in buildings with unsafe ACM cladding.

"Progress has been far too slow and due to inaction from some building owners we are committing £600m to speed up the pace of remediation.

"There are no more excuses. The private sector remediation fund means building owners can get on with making their buildings safe as quickly as possible.

"Our message remains clear that building owners must now get on with this crucial work."