Government to pay £200m to replace unsafe cladding on 170 tower blocks

Government will pay £200m to replace unsafe cladding on 170 residential tower blocks across Britain in wake of Grenfell tragedy

The Government will pay £200million to replace unsafe cladding on 170 residential tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.

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

Prime Minister Theresa May said: ‘It is of paramount importance that everybody is able to feel and be safe in their homes.

‘That’s why we asked building owners in the private sector to take action and make sure appropriate safety measures were in place.

The Government will pay £200million to replace unsafe cladding on 170 residential tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy in June 2017 (pictured)

‘And we’ve seen a number of private building owners doing the right thing and taking responsibility, but unfortunately too many are continuing to pass on the costs of removal and replacement to leaseholders.

‘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.’ 

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire admitted he had changed his mind on demanding freeholders pay up for safety work in the wake of the Grenfell disaster.

Announcing a new Government fund for building work, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We’ve seen a number of building owners and developers coming forward and doing the right thing.

‘Indeed, even with this announcement today, many are saying they stand by the commitments they have made and will be funding and not passing on the costs to those leaseholders.

‘But what has been striking to me over recent weeks is just the time it is taking and my concern over the leaseholders themselves – that anxiety, that stress, that strain, and seeing that we are getting on and making these buildings safe.’

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