Government pledges £400m to remove Grenfell-style cladding
Posted on 16th May 2018 at 14:51
PM says cost of safety work should not eat into social housing maintenance budgets
The government will commit about £400m to cover the cost for councils and housing associations of replacing potentially dangerous cladding from high-rise blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, Theresa May has announced.
Speaking at prime minister’s questions, May said it would be wrong if the cost of such cladding work meant housing providers had less money for maintenance.
This can only be good news for 'cash-strapped' social housing providers that have had to put projects of all sizes on hold due to lack of funds. Private Landlords are still expected to foot the bill for any remedial works though, and not pass the costs on to leasholders.
Hopefully this will mean that those mothballed projects can soon be resurrected and reinstated.
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