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High Rise Flats: Insulation

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 102041, tabled on 12 October 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of applying a risk-based approach to the use of his Department’s £1 billion fund to remove and replace unsafe non-ACM cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings.

Answered on

20 October 2020

The Building Safety Fund targets buildings over 18 metres with unsafe cladding because experts, including Dame Judith Hackitt, advise that these are higher risk than lower rise buildings. Higher rise buildings are the least likely to safely evacuate in the event of a fire spreading via external cladding.

It remains building owners’ responsibility to address unsafe cladding on buildings. Government funding should not be the only means of funding remediation. Building owners should meet the costs without passing them on to leaseholders wherever possible, through their own resources or by recovering costs from applicable warranty schemes or from the developers or contractors who were responsible for the installation of installed unsafe cladding, as has happened with more than half of the private sector buildings with Aluminium Composite Material cladding.