To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to assist leaseholders whose homes are in high-rise residential buildings with unsafe cladding while their Building Safety Fund applications are under consideration.
10 November 2020
The Government is aware of the impact on leaseholders and residents living in high rise residential buildings with unsafe cladding and has introduced the £1 billion Building Safety Fund to help make homes safer, more quickly and for the long term. The Building Safety Fund is to cover costs of the remediation of unsafe non-Aluminium Composite Material cladding but not for any service charge fees that might be incurred in the interim. In addition, Government Advisor Michael Wade is accelerating work to identify financing options for future remediation work that will protect leaseholders from unaffordable costs, while ensuring these do not fall to the taxpayer. However, it must be recognised that it is the responsibility of building owners – not Government or the tax payer – to ensure their buildings are safe for leaseholders and other residents.