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Buildings: Insulation

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 680, tabled on 11 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to establish a building safety fund to help remove dangerous non-ACM cladding from buildings over 18 metres in height.

Answered on

24 February 2020

Government intervention to fund the removal and replacement of unsafe ACM cladding is wholly exceptional. It is based on the unparalleled fire risk ACM poses. That is why, to date, Government has committed £600 million to the removal and replacement of unsafe ACM on high rise residential buildings.

We are aware of concerns leaseholders have about meeting the cost of remediation of fire safety issues other than ACM cladding remediation. Building safety is the responsibility of the building owner, and they should consider all routes to meet costs, protecting leaseholders where they can – for example through warranties and recovering costs from contractors for incorrect or poor work.

Government continues to ensure these fire safety risks are remediated as quickly as possible, including through stronger enforcement and tackling costs for leaseholders. We therefore stand ready to take further steps to ensure necessary remediation happens at pace.

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