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Buildings: Insulation

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 150774, tabled on 8 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Housing of 1 February 2021, Official report column 691, when the Department plans to make the further announcement on the removal of cladding.

Answered on

16 February 2021

The Secretary of State made an announcement in Parliament on 10 February of a decisive five-point plan to end the cladding scandal once and for all.

To protect leaseholders, we are providing direct funding for the remediation of unsafe cladding from buildings over 18m in height. This is in line with longstanding expert advice on which buildings are at the highest risk.

Buildings below 18m will not carry the same inherent risk as a building above 18m, however some will need remediation, so to give residents in lower-rise buildings peace of mind, we are also establishing a generous scheme to ensure, where required, cladding removal can take place on buildings between 11 and 18 metres.

We are also committed to making sure no leaseholder in these buildings will have to pay more than £50 per month towards this remediation.

This builds on steps already taken to support leaseholders, including £1.6 billion of funding to remediate unsafe cladding, the £30 million waking watch fund to help end excessive costs and new legislation in the Building Safety Bill which will ensure homes are made and kept safer in future.