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Funding approved for deadly cladding removal

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Details of the government’s first tranche of funding to help remove dangerous cladding from high-rise buildings have been revealed.

The first round of funding, estimated to be worth £400m, will be distributed to 12 local authorities and 31 housing associations to help finance remediation works.

The government received applications for 159 buildings, of which 135 were approved for initial funding.

The remaining applications reportedly did not meet the application criteria in that either the relevant buildings did not exceed 18m in height, were not owned by commercial freeholders or the cladding does not contain the unsafe aluminium composite material installed on Grenfell Tower.

Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire said: “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.

“We are doing the right thing by residents and fully funding the replacement of unsafe ACM cladding in social housing buildings 18 metres or above.”

According to the most recent statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, remediation works have been completed or have begun on around 75% of the social housing buildings which had identified unsafe ACM cladding.

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