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09 May 2019
In a bid to speed up cladding replacement, the government will spend £200 million to fund the work for private high-rise residential buildings, 'eliminating excuses used by some building owners.'
Unsafe aluminium composite material cladding will be removed from more than 150 privately owned tower blocks.
Prime Minister, Theresa May, commented, "It is of paramount importance that everybody is able to feel and be safe in their homes.
"Today I can confirm we will now be fully funding the replacement of cladding on high-rise private residential buildings so residents can feel confident they are secure in their homes."
It was alleged that private building owners failed to take action, offloading costs to leaseholders, before this government intervention.
Grenfell United and the UK Cladding Action Group have been campaigning to the government since the Grenfell tragedy, outlining the challenges in getting private building owners to fund the necessary replacements.
Building owners will have three months from the beginning of July to access the new fund.
The same work has already been funded in social housing developments, although there are 23 blocks still awaiting repairs.
15 September 2023