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Government set to release £400M to remove and replace combustible cladding from high-rise buildings

Government set to release £400M to remove and replace combustible cladding from high-rise buildings

November 2, 2018

The government has launched a £400M fund for local authorities and housing associations that is to be used for safety upgrades to high-rise buildings, following the Grenfell disaster.  

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

£248 million has already been released for the fund and more than 75% of social housing buildings with unsafe ACM cladding have completed remediation, with 25% of social housing with the cladding having plans in place for it to be removed.

Until the cladding has been replaced, fire safety measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of residents.

But it isn’t just social housing that requires attention, buildings in the private sector must also be made safe.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has released its latest figures on the number of buildings within in England that may require attention:

Social and private sector high rise residential

(Source: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government)

Out of the 295 private sector residential buildings shown above, as of 14 September 2018 remediation is complete on 10 buildings. An additional 26 buildings have started remediation and a further 67 buildings have plans in place for remediation.

Communities secretary James Brokenshire stressed the importance of private landlords setting aside money to fund cladding upgrades on their buildings, saying:

“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.”

“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.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government also released the areas which have the most buildings that need attention:

Locations of social and private high-rise residential building

(Source: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government)

The funding announcement comes after the government recommended a ban on all combustible cladding.

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