Section: Fire Precautions

Government to fund and speed up vital cladding replacement in private sector

Posted 09.05.19
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The government will fully fund the replacement of unsafe aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding on high-rise private residential properties where building owners have failed to do so.

Around £200 million will be made available to remove and replace unsafe ACM cladding from around 170 privately owned high-rise buildings.

The government has already fully funded this work in social housing developments. However, private developers and freeholders have been too slow to act and leaseholders have been threatened with significant, often unaffordable, costs resulting in delays.

The latest figures show that 166 private buildings are yet to start works on removing and replacing ACM cladding, compared to 23 in the social sector.

As a condition of funding, we will require the building owner to take reasonable steps to recover the costs from those responsible for the presence of the unsafe cladding.

Building owners will have 3 months to access the new fund.

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