Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Grenfell Tower fire: May pledges to fund cladding removal

Grenfell Tower fire: May pledges to fund cladding removal

"Councils and housing associations must remove unsafe cladding quickly", May said.

The government will commit £400m to allow councils to strip down risky cladding from certain tower blocks in an effort to prevent disasters reoccurring, such as last year's tragic Grenfell fire.

Her spokesman said it would take two years.

Speaking in Prime Ministers Questions, May said an estimated £400million would be spent on high rise buildings owned by councils and housing associations across England to render them safe.

The Grenfell Tower blaze on 14 June killed 71 people.

"I can today confirm that the government will fully fund the removal and replacement of risky cladding, by councils and housing associations, estimated at 400 million pound (458 million euro, Dollars 539 million)", May told lawmakers at the House of Commons.

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Labour called on Wednesday for a £1bn emergency fire safety fund to pay for unsafe cladding removal and replacement, and the retrofitting of sprinklers.

The prime minister also noted in parliament that fire and rescue services have visited over 1,250 high-rise buildings for inspections, as the anniversary of the disaster approaches.

She also gave an update on the accommodation of the West London block's former residents.

Some 201 households have accepted an offer of temporary or permanent accommodation out of the 210 families made homeless in the wake of the fire.

When asked why private landlords would not be receiving any cash, the spokesperson replied: "We expect private building owners to take responsibility themselves for removing and replacing cladding and not pass those costs on".

Theresa May confirmed the risky materials would be removed during Prime Minister's Questions earlier today.

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