The removal and replacement of cladding on high rise buildings will be fully funded by the government, the prime minister has announced.
Theresa May told MPs the government will pay for the costs, estimated at £400m, for councils and housing associations.
LGC previously reported how the government had yet to provide any financial assistance to more than 30 councils carrying out fire safety improvement works to tower blocks – despite repeated requests to do so.
During prime minister’s questions today Ms May said: “Councils and housing associations must remove dangerous cladding quickly, but paying for these works must not undermine their ability to do important maintenance and repair work.
“And I’ve worked closely with my right honourable friends the chancellor and the housing secretary and I can today confirm that the government will fully fund the removal and replacement of dangerous cladding by councils and housing associations estimated at £400m and the housing secretary will set out further details later this week.”
This comes the day before Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety is due to be published, and one month ahead of the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Responding to the announcement, Local Government Association chair Lord Porter (Con) said: “While the priority for councils has been getting on with what they need to do to ensure people are safe in their homes following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the LGA has been involved in public and private conversations with the government about the financial implications.
“It is great that the government has honoured its commitment from last summer to meet the unexpected exceptional costs for councils arising from major remedial fire safety work on high-rise buildings.”