To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the potential cost to leaseholders of essential non-cladding work to make buildings fire safe.
24 February 2021
On 10 February, the Secretary of State announced an unprecedented investment in building safety and hundreds of thousands of leaseholders will be protected from the cost of replacing unsafe cladding on their homes. The Government has rightly targeted funding at the removal of dangerous cladding to make homes safer, quicker – the costs for remediating this are high, and the risks posed by it are also high.
Our approach prioritises action on buildings 18 metres and above, where risk to multiple households is greater when fire does spread. This is in line with longstanding expert advice on which buildings are at the highest risk.
We want to go further, and through an additional package we will provide a financing scheme for the remediation of dangerous cladding to support remediation of buildings of between 11 and 18 metres in height. As part of this financing scheme, leaseholder payments towards remediation costs will be capped at a maximum of £50 per month.
We are also providing £30 million in funding to pay for the costs of installing an alarm system in high rise residential buildings with unsafe cladding. Common alarm systems will enable costly waking watch measures to be replaced in buildings waiting to have unsafe cladding removed.
Section 11 of the Building Safety Bill: Impact Assessment provides estimates of the average costs per building for addressing safety remediation in high rise (18m and above) buildings. These estimates consider all necessary remediation, which goes beyond façade remediation.