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£400M released for cladding upgrades

Grenfell tower fire (wider view)

 

The government has released £400M to remove and replace combustible cladding from high-rise buildings.

The government has launched a £400M fund for local authorities and housing associations to use for safety upgrades following the Grenfell disaster.  

The money will be used by 12 local authorities and 31 housing associations to cover the cost of removing and replacing aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding systems on social housing buildings over 18m tall.  

The funding will ensure this work can take place without impacting other council services, and the government will closely monitor progress in case costs change.  

Communities secretary James Brokenshire said it was also important that private landlords also sets aside money to fund cladding upgrades on their buildings. 

“There is nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their homes and that is why I am pleased the £400M funding has started to be released,” Brokenshire said. 

“In the private sector, I want to see landlords protect leaseholders from these costs. I am pleased that a number have stepped forward to do so, including Barratt Developments, Legal & General, Taylor Wimpey, Mace and Peabody. However, there are some who are not engaging in this process. If they don’t, I have ruled nothing out.” 

Earlier this month, the government announced a blanket ban on all combustible materials for buildings over 18m tall. 

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