Government to spend £200m replacing unsafe cladding on high-rises


Members of a search and rescue team on the roof of Grenfell Tower

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The government will fund the replacement of Grenfell-style cladding on around 170 high-rise private residential buildings, at an estimated cost of £200 million.

The Ministry of Housing said action was being taken because "private building owners failed to take action and tried to offload costs onto leaseholders".

And the Prime Minister said it was "of paramount importance" that people felt safe in their homes.

In April, talkRADIO spoke to a number of residents of high-rises with dangerous cladding across the country, who said they were entering "spiral of debt" after being quoted tens of thousands of pounds each to get it removed, with building owners refusing to foot the bill.

Communities secretary James Brokenshire, said: "Although temporary measures are in place to ensure people living in these buildings are safe, too many owners are treating this as a permanent fix. Others are trying to pass on the costs to residents by threatening them with bills running to thousands of pounds.

"While some building owners have been swift to act, and I thank them for doing the right thing, I am now calling time on the delay tactics of others. If these reckless building owners won't act, the government will."

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